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ANGELIQUE KIDJO URGES UN MEMBER STATES TO OUTLAW FGM

Afrique en ligne - March 1, 2012

The UN advocate and renowned singer and song writer, Angelique Kidjo, on Wednesday urged all UN member states to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM), describing it as a tradition that diminishes women and seeks to destroy their identity.

'What I want to try to do… is to pledge and to convince all nations of the United Nations to sign a resolution to ban the practice of female genital mutilation,” Kidjo, a Grammy-winning artist who was born in the West African country of Benin, said.

The musician who spoke with UN Radio, monitored at the UN headquarters in New York, said: 'We cannot live in a modern society with FGM still around'.

Kidjo, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and a passionate advocate for girls’ education, said that, 'social traditions that condone FGM need to be tackled at the core” through making entire communities aware of the harmful consequences of the practice'.

'For us to be able to prevent FGM -- It is not only talking to girls that went through FGM that matters, but it is also talking to their parents, their families, their communities, the leaders of communities and religious leaders', she said.

According to her, 'If we can really succeed to completely eradicate FGM and try to give a sense of life to the women who have been through it already, it would be worth trying'.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM. In Africa, an estimated 92 million girls, aged 10 years or older, have undergone FGM, which is also practised in some countries in the Middle East and Asia.

It said that the practice includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The UN health agency also said that, 'the practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending child births'.

'However, more than 18 per cent of all acts of FGM are performed by health-care providers, and that trend has been on the rise,' it added.

 

Foto: Angélique Kidjo and the Italian Minister Elsa Fornero





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