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We, the undersigned, citizens of the world, members of parliaments, representatives of governments, activists for the recognition and promotion of the rights of women worldwide,
- the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a Resolution in 2012 for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation, a violation of human rights, and
- all States to adopt and implement legislation to ban female genital mutilation and to take all necessary legislative, political and operational measures aimed at ending the practice.
• On 2 July 2011, Heads of State of the African Union adopted a formal Decision calling on the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to ban female genital mutilation worldwide. At the regional level, the African continent is the only one to have a binding instrument – the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, adopted on 11 July 2003 and entered into force on 25 November 2005 – that explicitly calls on member States to prohibit female genital mutilation, through legislative measures backed by sanctions.
• On 5 December 2011, the Secretary General of the United Nations released a Report “Ending Female Genital Mutilation” in which the United Nations General Assembly Resolution was raised to highlight the importance of enhancing efforts at the global level aimed at ending the practice.
• On 8 March 2012, at the conclusion of its 56th Session, the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations Economic and Social Council agreed to a Decision, proposed by the African Group at the UN, which recommends that the issue of female genital mutilation be taken up for consideration by the United Nations General Assembly at its forthcoming 67th Session as part of the agenda item “Advancement of women”.
Towards a UN Ban of FGM