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Global Launch of Innocenti Digest no. 12 Changing A Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

©UNICEF IRC - Innocenti Digest cover page

Embargo: 24 November 2005, 10:00 GMT

This Innocenti Digest meets a pressing need to take stock of progress to date, identify what works and what does not, and provide direction as regards the most successful strategies to end Female Genital Mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). The launching Events of this report have been set in the framework of the International Day against Violence against Women in November.
The practice of FGM/C violates the human rights of an estimated three million girls and women every year in the African continent."Ending FGM/C is an ever-growing reality. The basic knowledge of how best to support communities to end FGM/C exists today. It can be applied widely, within and across countries. With global support, it is conceivable that FGM/C can be abandoned in practicing communities within a single generation" (Innocenti Digest no. 12, Conclusions)

Youth Round table event and Forum discussion 23 November 05: A day before the global launch, the UNICEF Egypt Office is planning on the 23 November a Youth Round table event and Forum discussion .This important event will involve Youth representatives from the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa and those involved in activities linked to FGM/C abandonment, at the core of the roundtable discussants, together with key adult's spokespersons. This event aims to promote intergenerational / intercommunity dialogue on FGM/C.

Global Launch 24 November 2005: Innocenti Digest 12 will be launched on the 24 November 2005 in Cairo, Egypt with opening remarks by Rima Salah, the Deputy Director of UNICEF, and main highlights of report by Marta Santos Pais, Director UNICEF IRC, and will involve key high level personalities (More on UNICEF media advisory note).

Simultaneous launches: major media launch activities are also being planned in different regions and countries that are involved with FGM/C programmes, in particular in Kenya, Sudan, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Swiss National Committee, Spanish National Committee, Italian National Committee.

Languages of Digest and Media Kit: The report and media material will be available in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Italian. Embargoed media material and electronic version of the report available from our Innocenti Newsroomfrom Friday 18 November.

Photo gallery


 - Egypt: Mohamed Taha Naguib with his daughter Basma, UNICEF/Egypt


©UNICEF/2004 - Senegal: Ourey Sall (on the left) and her assistant, during a public declaration ceremony, UNICEF/2004

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© UNICEF/2005/Nur El Din - Sudan: Sheikh al Saraj, with his daughters (aged 9, 7 & 6)

Swiss Campaign

© UNICEF/Switzerland - Swiss campaign against FGM/C,