|The October 2012 issue of the No Peace Without Justice newsletter once again features Khady and heralds the step taken by the African group drafting a UN proposal. Here I quote:
Ban FGM Campaign / United Nations: Draft resolution deposited is a landmark step in global efforts to put an end to this human rights violation
|New York, 18 October 2012
No Peace Without Justice, together with its partners in the International NGO Coalition to Ban FGM Worldwide, applaud the official deposit by the African Group of a draft resolution “Intensifying Global Efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations” for discussion within the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. This deposit represents a landmark step in the international campaign to foster global leadership in the fight against FGM as a wide-scale and blatant violation of the fundamental human rights of women and girls.
Notably, the draft resolution calls on States to “condemn all harmful practices that affect women and girls, in particular female genital mutilations, and to take all necessary measures, including enacting and enforcing legislation to prohibit female genital mutilations and to protect women and girls from this forms of violence, and to end impunity”.
We look forward to the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, at its 67th Session in 2012, of a holistic and comprehensive Resolution that explicitly bans FGM worldwide, which would demonstrate the strong commitment of the international community to human rights and particularly the rights of women and girls, and be a real tool for change.
A “landmark” step toward government accountability in stopping FGM
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