Three million girls and women are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) worldwide each year. That’s 8000 girls per day.
FGM is a form of violence against women and children. Today (6 February 2012) is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, an official UN day to raise awareness. Although illegal in Australia, the Melbourne Royal Women’s Hospital alone has reported seeing between 600 and 700 women affected by FGM annually.
END FGM, a European campaign, led by Amnesty International Ireland, working in partnership with a number of organisations in EU member states, have created a video to celebrate the 42,000 signatures of support demanding leaders to take action.