This is the 9th International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation of any type has been recognized as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women. FGM continues to affect about 140 million girls and women, and more than 3 million girls are at risk every year. In 2012, Kenya passed an outright national ban on FGC, becoming the 18th African country to do so. In 2011, the African Union asked the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution banning FGM.

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Video: ABC World News "Working to End Female Genital Cutting" about Tostan, a nonprofit organization created to empower women in Africa.

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