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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

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The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is an awareness campaign to end a harmful practice that violates girls’ and women’s rights.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationEnglish
Día Internacional de Tolerancia Cero de La Mutilación Genital FemeninaSpanish
היום הבינלאומי של אפס סובלנות לנקבה באברי המין השחתהHebrew
اليوم العالمي لرفض ختان الإناثArabic
여성 성기 절단에 무관의 국제 날Korean
Internationaler Tag gegen weibliche GenitalverstümmelungGerman

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015
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The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations (UN) campaign held on February 6 to stop genital mutilation to girls and women.

Many girls are unfortunately affected by female genital mutilation. This photo is used for illustrative purposes only and the model is not directly associated with the article.

©iStockphoto.com/MissHibiscus

Celebrate International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Various activities and events are held on February 6 each year to promote the UN’s campaign to raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Public conferences and forums often feature FGM survivors who are invited to share their personal experiences. Other activities include photo essays and round-table discussions on making policies and laws to end FGM.

Public life

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is a global observance and not a public holiday.

About International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

About 120 to 140 million women have been subject to FGM and 3 million girls are at risk each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). FGM relates to all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This practice is an abuse of human rights and causes serious health complications, including fatal bleeding.

The UN first officially commemorated the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, 2003. It continues to fight against FGM through a range of activities in addition to the observance.

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuFeb 62003International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
FriFeb 62004International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
SunFeb 62005International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
MonFeb 62006International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
TueFeb 62007International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
WedFeb 62008International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
FriFeb 62009International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
SatFeb 62010International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
SunFeb 62011International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
MonFeb 62012International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
WedFeb 62013International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
ThuFeb 62014International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
FriFeb 62015International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
SatFeb 62016International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
MonFeb 62017International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
TueFeb 62018International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
WedFeb 62019International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
ThuFeb 62020International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance 
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