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The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is dedicated to raising awareness about this harmful practice, its extreme health risks and violation of a woman's rights. Recognized by the United Nations (UN), this Observance calls for intensified, coordinated efforts worldwide to eradicate FGM. A critical focus is to support better education, changing cultural practices, and legal measures to help protect millions of girls and women.
This observance dates back to 2003 when the UN first began a substantial campaign against FGM. This is especially relevant in India, where, although FGM is not widely practiced amongst the majority, it is still prevalent in some communities. The Dawoodi Bohra community, a Shia Muslim sect, has been reported to practice a form of FGM called "khatna" that has drawn both international and national attention to the issue. The majority of India, however, remains largely unaware of this practice.
In India, organizations and activists mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation by conducting educational programs, engaging with the media, and holding campaigns to raise awareness about the physical and psychological consequences of FGM. Various NGOs, activists, and medical professionals actively advocate to outlaw the practice, urging for comprehensive legislation. While there is no specific date for observation specific to India, this day is globally observed each year on February 6th as established by the UN.
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