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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for 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.

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

About International Day of Zero Tolerance for 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 for 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 for Female Genital Mutilation Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015FriFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2016SatFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2017MonFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2018TueFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2019WedFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2020ThuFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2021SatFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2022SunFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2023MonFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2024TueFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance
2025ThuFeb 6International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital MutilationUnited Nations observance

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