According to the Chime for Change global campaign, nearly 50% of sexual aggressions target girls 15 years of age or younger. One woman in three suffers physical violence at least once in her life. Standing out in terms of absurdity and atrocity is the practice of female genital mutilation.
In July 2013 UNICEF found that more than 125 million girls and women have been victims of female genital mutilation. Today 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East are concerned and 30 million girls are exposed to the risk of excision during the next decade.
Watch the video below with 2014 Global Meeting Speakers: Salma Hayek Pinault (Actress, Producer, Member of the Kering Foundation’s Board of Directors and Co-founder, CHIME FOR CHANGE), Mariane Pearl (Managing Editor, CHIME FOR CHANGE, CHIME FOR CHANGE), Julia Lalla-Maharajh (CEO and Founder, ORCHID PROJECT), Naana Otoo-Oyortey (Executive Director, FORWARD), Nina Gardner (Director, STRATEGY INTERNATIONAL) on the theme "Violence against women and girls is a universal problem".
In conclusion, we can quote Geetea Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, who reminds us that “female genital cutting is a violation of a girl’s rights to health, wellbeing and self-determination (…)” but “legislation alone is not enough. The challenge now is to let girls and women, boys and men, speak out loudly and clearly and announce they want this harmful practice abandoned.”
For justice for all women
A world free from female genital cutting