International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2023 : International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation is observed every year in the month of February. The purpose of celebrating this day is to root out female genital mutilation and to give respect to women. For the first time this day was celebrated in the year 2003. Since then, every year, to give affection and respect to women, many countries of the world are celebrating Zero Tolerance Day for Female Genital Mutilation. Even today this practice is prevalent in many countries of the world. In which most of its cases are seen in Africa. With the beginning of this day, it has been determined that by the year 2030 the practice of female genital mutilation will be eradicated. Let us know the history and importance of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
When is this day related to female genital mutilation celebrated?
The International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation is observed annually on 6 February. The day was celebrated for the first time on 6 February 2003.
History of Tolerance Day Against Female Genital Mutilation
The day was inaugurated by the former President of Nigeria, Stella Obasanjo. She was also a spokesperson for the Zero Tolerance Campaign against Female Genital Mutilation. Stella, the former President of Nigeria, had announced to celebrate this day for the first time on February 6 in the year 2003. The United Nations also accepted this day.
UNICEF running campaign
The United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Children’s Fund launched a joint campaign against female genital mutilation in 2007. Later in the year 2012, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring February 6 as the International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation.
Significance of Tolerance Day against Female Genital Mutilation
Many evil practices against women have been going on for centuries. It adversely affects the mental and physical health of women. Also harmful for their social status. There is a need to end these evil practices and give equal rights and respect to women in the society. Women are just like men. That’s why they should be given respect like men. Such a special day is celebrated at the international level to make people aware of these evils spread against women all over the world.