FGM violates children's rights

FGM is practised on girls usually in the range of 0-15 years. Hence, the practice of FGM violates children’s rights as defined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC):

  • The right to be free from discrimination (Article 2);
  • The right to be protected from all forms of mental and physical violence and maltreatment (Article 19(1));
  • The right to highest attainable standard of health (Article 24);
  • The right of freedom from torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 37).

According to the UN Committee on CRC, “discrimination against girl children is a serious violation of rights, affecting their survival and all areas of their young lives as well as restricting their capacity to contribute positively to society” (2005).

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