Zero Tolerance to FGM


8th Vienna Global Citizen Education Conference

Monday 27th March at 13.00

For more information download flyer

Registration from 12.00
Vienna International Centre, C1 in the C building 2nd floor.
1220 Vienna, Wagramer Str. 5

Contact us:

  • Elisabeth Riedl, WFWPI UN Vienna, Office Director,
    Tel. 0650 885 1988
  • Renate Amesbauer, WFWPI UN Vienna, UN Representative,
    Tel. 0650 7514073:

UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The programme currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives.

Key Facts

  • Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.
  • FGM cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 calls for an end to FGM by 2030 under Goal 5 on Gender Equality, Target 5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
  • The elimination of FGM has been called for by numerous intergovernmental organizations, including the African Union, the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as well as in three resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly.

"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."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"It's time to end FGM and give girls choices for their bodies and their future."
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

"Eliminating FGM is an essential step to realizing other SDGs."
- Lakshmi Puri UN Women Deputy Executive Director

As Ban Ki Moon said at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women last year,
"We need to reach a place where FGM should stand for Focus on Girls' Minds-not on harming their minds and bodies. We must make sure that Finally Girls Matter!"