It has been gratifying to witness the substantive progress, at many levels, in attitudes and behaviour relating to female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C) over the past few years. We are more certain than ever that the practice will
be totally abandoned in a generation.

At the international and intergovernmental levels, there is now broad agreement that FGM/C represents an extreme violation of the human rights of women and children, a danger to sexual and reproductive health, and a form of gender-based violence that must end. This consensus, reflected in two United Nations General Assembly resolutions on FGM—
resolution 67/146, reaffirmed by resolution 69/150 in 2014—represents a sea change over previous decades, when the subject was considered too culturally sensitive for Member States to address.

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