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Director-General Opens Exhibition “Soul Gazers: Engaging Men for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting”

8 March 2012

The Director-General opened the exhibition “Soul Gazers: Engaging Men for the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM)”, which featured paintings by male, African artists to support the abandonment of the practice and the promotion of the rights of women around the world. The Director-General noted that FGM is recognized by the United Nations as a harmful practice and a violation of the human rights of girls and women. He stressed the ongoing work with partners at international, regional and national levels to end FGM. He also highlighted International Women’s Day as the opportune time to recognize that securing peace, social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights requires the active participation, equality and development of women.

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