General Assembly resolution aims to end FGM

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A former circumciser teaching community members on harms of FGM/C

United Nations Member States on the 20th of December approved a draft resolution aimed at ending the harmful practice of female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation or cutting, also known as FGM/C, refers to several different harmful practices involving the cutting of the female genitals for non-medical reasons. The UN World Health Organization (WHO), estimates that 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.

UNFPA encourages Nepalese families to delay girls' marriages

Girls in Nepal

According to Nepalese tradition, a bride's family must pay a dowry to the groom. And the older the girl gets, the more money they must pay. Many parents feel they have no choice but to marry off their daughters young. UNFPA is trying to change that trend.

WHO reached milestones in 2012

An Indian girl receives an oral polio vaccine

A number of key public health milestones were reached in 2012, including the end of polio transmission in India and meeting the Millennium Development Goal target on drinking water ahead of schedule.

Presenter: Gerry Adams
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10'00"

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