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UN Chief calls for global action against female genital mutilation

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TEHRAN, 5 February 2017 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day for Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2017 said called for global action against this heinous human rights violation.

The full text of his message reads:

Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal. Sustainable development demands full human rights for all women and girls. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises an end to this practice by 2030. On this Day of Zero Tolerance, let us build on positive momentum and commit to intensifying global action against this heinous human rights violation for the sake of all affected women and girls, their communities, and our common future.

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