GWI: Female Genital Mutilation is a major barrier to girls’ and women’s education

Graduate Women International calls for an end to Female Genital Mutilation as a major barrier to girls’ and women’s education and as a human rights abuse.Geneva, Switzerland, 6 February 2016 – on the International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM, GWI calls for states, policymakers and community members to put an end to the damaging practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a form of physical abuse, a human rights abuse and as a major barrier to girls’ educational attainment. FGM is used as a form of social control over young girls and women, attracting stigma in some communities to those who do not undergo this practice, despite international recognition of FGM as a human rights violation as enshrined in Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The full statement can be found here.