Panel at State Department discusses global efforts against practice of FGM/C

"On February 6, 2013, in observance of the tenth anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, I had the privilege of leading a panel discussion at the State Department to help bring global attention to a harmful traditional practice that risks the lives, dignity, and well-being of women and girls in far too many places around the world," Melanne Verveer, ambassador-at-large for global women's issues, writes in the State Department's "DipNote" blog. She details the panel discussion, noting "[t]he event brought together activists from the [non-governmental organization (NGO)] community, diplomatic corps, and policymakers in the U.S. government to address ways various stakeholders can work together toward zero tolerance to FGM/C." Verveer concludes, "By working together and sustaining the momentum and political will, we can reach a world where no women or girl has to undergo this devastating procedure; rather they will be free to realize their own full potential" (2/7).


http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

 

Comments

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of News Medical.