The Inter-parliamentary Conference on Female Genital Cutting (FGC) took place in Dakar, Senegal on May 3-4. The gathering of African and international leaders presented an opportunity to reflect upon past legal successes in protecting human rights in Africa and served as a platform from which to draft a resolution encouraging the total abandonment of FGC on the African continent. A step forward in a global effort to abandon the harmful traditional practice, the final declaration calls for the adoption of a UN resolution banning FGC within a year.
Read the full text of the Dakar Declaration for a United Nations Ban on Female Genital Cutting here.
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