Zero Tolerance Day on FGM

Zero Tolerance Day on FGM

February 6 was unanimously adopted at the International Conference on Zero Tolerance to FGM organized by IAC from February 4 to 6, 2003 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Representatives at the Conference came from 49 countries including 4 First Ladies (from Nigeria , Burkina Faso , Guinea Conakry and Mali ), Ministers, and Parliamentarians. Others included Religious, Community and Youth leaders.

February 6 is the Birthday of the Inter-African Committee.

Since 2003, the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC) with its National Committees in 29 African countries, Affiliates and Partners across the world in Austria, Belgium, Canada, United Kigdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and USA calls on Governments, Parliamentarians, UN Agencies, NGOs, donor community, Religious leaders, Community leaders, Youth, communities and members of the Press to make a greater commitment to ensure the elimination of FGM.

The objective of observing February 6 is to draw the attention, at the international and national levels to efforts that need to be exerted to free women and girls from female genital mutilation and to accelerate action towards its elimination by the set target date of 2010 according to the Common Agenda for Action or by 2015 being the target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

The UN Resolution A/RES/67/146 on FGM ''Intensifying global efforts to end FGM'' adopted on 20 December 2012, confirmed February 6 as the International Tolerance Zero Day to FGM.