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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:46 AM

UN passes first resolution condeming female genital mutilation

The UN General Assembly on Monday passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation, which opponents say more than 140 million women worldwide have had to endure.

Though outlawed in most nations, the measure represents the first time the traditional practice in African and Middle East nations has been denounced at such a high level in the United Nations.

More than 110 countries, including more than 50 African nations, co-sponsored the resolution in the General Assembly’s rights committee, which called on states to “complement punitive measures with awareness-raising and educational activities” to eliminate female genital mutilation.

About 140 million women worldwide are believed to have been subjected to the practice in which a young girl’s clitoris and labia are removed, in the belief that this will reduce libido and keep a woman chaste. About three million women and girls each year are said to be forced to undergo the procedure.

“We will continue to spare no efforts with a final objective: ending female genital mutilations in one generation. Today, this goal appears closer than ever,” said Cesare Ragaglini, UN ambassador for Italy, which has played a leading role in international efforts to eradicate the practice.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/26/un-passes-first-resolution-condeming-female-mutilation/

It's about DAMN time!!

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:54 AM

1. as you said, ABOUT DAMNED TIME--

still trying to find the list of sponsors--wondering if the US is actually one of them, since the practice seems to be spreading here

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:22 AM

2. YAY!!!! Keep up the momentum, and let's get girls educated!!!

ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:32 AM

3. Not all cultures and their aspects are created equal nor should they be respected

That meme, as much as anything else, has caused the delays in this kind of statement for years. Unfortunately, I expect nothing will come of it.

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