Angélique Kidjo raises her voice to end FGMListen /
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo gave a special concert at the United Nations Tuesday, dedicated to global efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation.
The UN estimates as many as 140 million girls and women have undergone some form of genital mutilation or cutting, and at least 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the practice every year.
Ms. Kidjo says she was one of the lucky ones, who grew up in Africa with a father who did not believe in Female Genital Mutilation.
"Out of 10 children with 3 girls he would stand against the whole society against his own family and refuse everything that can harm us physically that is called tradition. If my father was able to do that then I think every African man and every African woman can do the same."
The concert can be seen on the internet at www.un.org/webcast and search Angélique Kidjo.