UN Committee Calls for Ban on Female Circumcision

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Photo of Covered Women Walking in a Female Circumcision Ceremony ,Lesthos (U.N.)

Photo of Covered Women Walking in a Female Circumcision Ceremony ,Lesthos (U.N.)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Campaigners against female circumcision have scored a major victory with the approval by a key U.N. committee of a resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation.

The resolution, adopted by consensus Monday by the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee, calls the practice harmful and a serious threat to the psychological, sexual and reproductive health of women and girls.

It calls on the U.N.'s 193 member states to condemn the widespread practice and launch education campaigns to eliminate it.

With 110 sponsors, the resolution is virtually certain to be approved by the full General Assembly in the second half of December.

Italy's U.N. Ambassador Cesare Maria Ragaglini says the committee's approval marks "a breakthrough in the international campaign to end the harmful practice," known as FGM.


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