FGMzeroToleranceDay 6FebOn this International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, Droit au Droit (DAD) wants to extend a special salute and recognition to all the outstanding individuals and organizations who battle this human rights violation and extreme form of discrimination and violence against women and girls.

Millions of women and girls worldwide are still victims or at risk of FGM, as both a result and a perpetuation of gender inequality and discrimination that denies them the most basic forms of personal autonomy and self-determination. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had taken a first strong stance on this issue on 20 December 2012 by adopting the Resolution 67/146, which was hailed by the Ban FGM campaign, a coalition of African and European NGOs created thanks to the initiative of No Peace Without Justice. In December 2014, the UNGA Resolution 69/150 renewed this commitment, with an increased number of sponsoring countries and strengthened language.

As called for by these breakthrough resolutions, the adoption and the enforcement of explicit and effective legislation, backed by sanctions, banning all forms of FGM are fundamental and crucial factors to successfully combat this form of gender-based violence, protect its victims and end impunity. In addition to holding perpetrators to account, legislation protects and provides the legal tools for women and girls willing to defy the social pressures of tradition and reject FGM, and also establishes the legal environment that legitimizes and facilitates the advocacy and educational work of local anti-FGM activists and women's rights groups.

On this important day when we reaffirm our commitment to stamp out FGM, it is also important to note that the majority of countries worldwide still lack appropriate and effective legislation to protect women and girls from this human rights violation; where laws have been enacted, political will to implement them effectively has not always followed. We appeal to all states in which FGM is perpetrated to enact and ensure compliance with legislation that unequivocally prohibits FGM as a criminal offence as well as to provide strong and clear support for the innumerable human rights groups, women's associations and individual advocates that fight a daily battle to ensure that the women and girls of tomorrow will be free from the threat of FGM.

For more information, contact Nicola Giovannini, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: +32 2 548 39 15.