Angelique Kidjo will raise her voice to end FGMListen /
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo will perform in a special concert at the United Nations dedicated to the 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. It has both immediate and long-term harmful consequences to the health of women, including severe bleeding, urination problems, infections, infertility and childbirth complications.
"The concert is about trying to put the words out there to the African countries and the country where FGM is practiced to come to sign a resolution regarding FGM in their countries and internationally. And when it's about FGM we always turn our head to Africa. It's true that Africa as a continent have more countries that practice FGM, but it also exists in the Middle East and also in Asia."
The concert takes place Tuesday evening and can be seen on the internet at www.un.org/webcast.