International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the City of Toronto.

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.

I want to thank Mayor John Tory for affirming the City of Toronto's commitment to promoting fundamental human rights by proclaiming today February 6, 2020 as “International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting” in the City of Toronto.

In December of 2019, the Toronto Star reported that a Nigerian family, including a son and 3 daughters who fled Nigeria because of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practices were to be deported after their application for refugee status was denied. 3 girls including one born in Canada will be forced mutilated upon return.

Claude Saizonou, president of the African Community Organization of Windsor, says his group gathered outside Brian Masse's office because "we've been through this kind of situation so many time." (Rozenn Nicolle/Radio-Canada)

FGM has no health benefits for girls and women.

Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.

FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

 

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