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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. On 20 December 2012 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution banning this practice. The FGM resolution urges countries to take all necessary measures, including enforcing legislation, raising awareness and allocating sufficient resources to protect women and girls from this form of violence.
On July 2013, a statistical report released by Unicef looked at 29 countries where FGM is practiced and observed a decrease in prevalence rates in half of the countries. In October 2013, the Kering Foundation participated to a conference organised by the association Excision parlons-en! and Unicef where the author of the Unicef report Claudia Cappa highlighted a general diminution in the support to the practice among men and women but called attention to the strong weight of social norms surrounding FGM and to the emergence of new form of practices particularly in Egypt.
On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on February 6, Excision parlons-en! is organising the international symposium entitled “Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: the challenge of abandoning”. The Kering Foundation is proud to support the initiative that gathers specialists of FGM in the fields of health, law or social sciences to work on crossed solutions to end the practice. French Minister for Women’s Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Claudia Cappa, author of Unicef statistical report on FGM or Khalidou Sy, National Coordinator of the NGO Tostan in Senegal are some of the invited speakers.
To date, more than 125 million women and girls have been victims of FGM in 29 countries from Africa and the Middle East. 30 million girls are still at risk to be victims in the next ten years. With many women and girls who were cut and currently live in Europe and many others that remain at risk, western countries are also concerned by this harmful traditional practice. FGM must be tackled from a holistic and transnational approach to hope for an end of the practice.
François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of PPR group, gives €55,000 to Marie-Claude Tesson-Millet, Presidente of the NGO Equilibres & Populations, to support a project of excision abandon in Mali.
Closing a conference around excision in Dakar, the representants of 27 African countries have urged the ONU to establish a “universal prohibition” of FGM in 2010. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 3 million young girls are mutilated each year in Africa. Senegal, the organizing State, is one of the 19 African countries which adopted a prohibition law against this practice.
Economic leaders, representatives from the fashion and entertainment worlds and the charity sector, almost 400 prestigious guests have been brought together in the presence of Waris Dirie, Liya Kebede, who plays the role of Waris in the film, François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of PPR, and Roch Lener, Chairman of Bac Films.
All the collected funds, i.e. €55,000 , will enable the NGO Équilibres & Populations, to keep on implementing its pilot project to encourage the ending of Female Genital Mutilation in Mali.
Credits: Julien Hekimian/Wirelmage
Let's discover the video of the project of Équilibres & Populations “Protecting the next generation” (French version only):
Linda Weil-Curiel, lawyer and leader in the CAMS (Commission for the Abolition of Genital Mutilation), Professor Millez, President of the ethical committee of the international Federation of obstetrical genecology, Christine Beynis, President of the national Federation GAMS (Women Group for the Abolition of Genital Mutilation) and Aurélie Gal-Régniez, Project Manager for the organization Équilibres & Populations discuss about excision.