UN Urges Countries to Ban Female Genital Mutilation
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution on Thursday urging countries to ban all forms of female genital mutilation. The resolution calls it an "irreparable, irreversible abuse" that threatens 3 million girls annually and has affected over 140 million girls and women around the world. Female genital mutilation is widely practiced in 28 African countries and parts of the Middle East . The resolution, though not binding, advocates for all 193 UN member states to "take all necessary measures, including enacting and enforcing legislation to prohibit female genital mutilations and to protect women and girls from this form of violence."
December 20, 2012 5:16 PM