This is a gentle reminder that, February 6 each year, is celebrated as the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.  It is a UN-sponsored awareness day that informs the world about FGM/C and promotes its eradication.

On February 6, 2003, the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, made the official declaration on “Zero Tolerance to FGM” in Africa during a conference organized by the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) from Feb 4 to 6, 2003 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  In her statement, she praised the work that had been done since the 1930s but highlighted the need to intensify efforts. Subsequently, the Then the UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights adopted the 6th of February as the “International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM and it was officially commemorated on Feb. 6, 2003. (Conference Report attached)

To mark Feb 6, this year’s Day some activities have been lined up.  These include…

  1. Special Tweet Conference on Monday, Feb 6 (2-4pm)
  2. Promoting the Zero Tolerance Day on all endcuttinggirls platforms
  3. Organising media dialogues in Imo and Ebonyi States
  4. Awareness creation by the 10 Radio Stations partnering with UNICEF to produce and air the FGM/C Radio Drama Serials (Pim Pim Pim) through Live phone-in programmes, News Commentary, News Talk,  Payoff at the end of every news bulletin, etc).  For example, Heartland FM 100.5 “pay off for February 2017” at the end of every bulletin will be “Stop FGM/C; it is a violation of the rights of the woman and girl-child”.  In Oyo State, Mr. Seun Onifade, will feature on a Radio Programme (Premier FM 93.5). This programme was arranged by a partner Radio Stations (Amuludun FM).

Dear colleagues, please let to broadcast and and participate in the Special Tweet Conference to mark the 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C on Monday, 6th February from 2-4pm.

Please do let us know if you have any activity on that day, so that it can also be documented.

We appreciate everyone’s contribution. Please, lets keep the fire burning.

Together we will end FGM/C in this generation.

Benjamin C. Mbakwem