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The United Nations General Assembly (UN), in a move hailed by Amnesty International, has endorsed a resolution against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
“This is an important moment for everyone engaged in the fight against FGM, particularly for all girls and women who had been affected by the grotesque practice,” said José Luis Díaz, Amnesty International’s United Nations (UN) representative in New York, in a statement.
According to the statement, every year, FGM affected up to three million girls in nearly 30 countries in the world.
The statement said the UN resolution placed FGM in a human rights framework and called for a holistic approach and empowerment of women to promote and protect sexual and reproductive health.
It also called for concerted efforts to break the cycle of discrimination and violence against women across the globe.
The statement said it was the first time the UN to endorse such resolution against FGM.