First Generation of Aswan Girls Abandoning FGM

Mar 17, 2014

On 17 March 2014, the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Abandonment and Family Empowerment Programme will celebrate and acknowledge 100 mothers in Aswan who have abandoned FGM, protecting their daughters from this harmful practice and preventing early marriage.

The event will be held under the auspices of the Governor of Aswan, General Mostafa Youssry, with the participation of representatives of the National Population Council (NPC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWomen), the General Federation of NGOs, as well as civil society organizations, families, teachers and doctors.  The celebration brings together more than 250 people from the 16 villages in Aswan where the programme is implemented.  The event is equally symbolic as March is also the month when the Egyptian Mothers’ Day and the International Women’s Day are celebrated.

The FGM Abandonment and Family Empowerment Programme is showing the results of efforts that started 10 years ago with the FGM Free Village programme sponsored by UNDP.  The first milestone was achieved in 2008 when the Parliament passed a law criminalizing FGM.  Aswan was the first governorate to announce an anti-FGM stance in 2004 (Benban village).  Dr. Hala Youssef, NPC Rapporteur, stated "This event is a step forward reaffirming the commitment of Egyptian families to abandon FGM as one of the traditional practices that violates the rights of girls and women".  In the same vein, Ms. Anita Nirody, UN Resident Coordinator, expressed that “The United Nations family is pleased to witness the positive results of a decade-long partnership to prevent child marriage, avert health problems, promote girls’ continued education and, in essence, protect the dignity and rights of girls and women and contribute to overall development”.

The programme is a joint partnership among the National Population Council, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, local authorities, civil society organizations and is implemented thanks to the generous contributions of the European Union, and the Governments of Sweden, The Netherlands and Germany.

Contact: Ms. Mona Amin, Programme Coordinator

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