INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: FEBRUARY 6, 2014

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Quick Facts

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

Name Language
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation English
Día Internacional de Tolerancia Cero de La Mutilación Genital Femenina Spanish
היום הבינלאומי של אפס סובלנות לנקבה באברי המין השחתה Hebrew
اليوم العالمي لرفض ختان الإناث Arabic
여성 성기 절단에 무관의 국제 날 Korean
Internationaler Tag gegen weibliche Genitalverstümmelung German

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

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

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Thu Feb 6 2003 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Fri Feb 6 2004 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Sun Feb 6 2005 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Mon Feb 6 2006 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Tue Feb 6 2007 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Wed Feb 6 2008 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Fri Feb 6 2009 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Sat Feb 6 2010 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Sun Feb 6 2011 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Mon Feb 6 2012 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Wed Feb 6 2013 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Thu Feb 6 2014 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Fri Feb 6 2015 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Sat Feb 6 2016 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Mon Feb 6 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Tue Feb 6 2018 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Wed Feb 6 2019 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance
Thu Feb 6 2020 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation United Nations observance

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