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UNFPA-UNICEF-Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)-WHO Press Conference
Date: 6 February 2017
10:00 - 10:45
Organization: UNFPA
Location: Press Room 1
Subject: Progress and urgent actions needed to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting the soonest



Progress and urgent actions needed to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting the soonest

3 million girls, most under the age of 15, are mutilated each year. Through the Sustainable Development Goals, the world has pledged to end female genital mutilation by 2030. What progress has been done and what are urgent actions needed to eradicate the practice?

  • Alfonso Barragues, Director of the UNFPA Geneva Liaison Office – Speaking on behalf of UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
  • Adebisi Adebayo, PhD, Program Advisor, Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)
  • Christina Catherine PALLITTO, PhD, Scientist, Focal person Female Genital Mutilation, Dept. of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
  • Respondent from the floor: Marilena Viviani, Director of the UNICEF Geneva Liaison Office

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