International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM – 6 February 2020















Female genital mutilation (FGM) is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on February 6 as part of the UN’s efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation.

SI President’s Appeal – Road to Equality

The first project of SI President Sharon’s Appeal is a partnership with the ‘Global Media Campaign to End FGM.’

Global Media Campaign is a web of 375 media activists, who have been trained in advocacy work and how to use social media platforms to increase the visibility to their work, across 7 countries broadcasting directly to their communities where girls are cut. This new generation of digitally literate young campaigners on the ground are best placed to end FGM in their communities. What’s more, with relatively modest support, they can and are making significant change.

After national media campaigns; people are talking out loud about FGM, leaders are banning FGM and mothers are making the decision to no longer cut their daughters. After the first campaign evidence confirmed 1 in 4 mothers have responded declaring they will no longer cut their girls. The targeted audience also includes men, raising their awareness of the risks of FGM to their daughters, sisters, future wives etc.

The President’s Appeal is adopting 6 activists from GMC and will fund their work and following their journey. This project is called the Soroptimist Six.

For more information on the campaign and individual advocates, please visit

Yvonne Gibbon
APD People