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International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation

The Department for Equal Opportunities of the Prime Minister’s Office is dedicated to activating effective synergies aimed at giving a voice to those without one and today, on the occasion of the International Day Against Female Genital Mutilation, is hosting a workshop entitled Wounded Hope.

The encounter, which will be preceded by a brief introduction from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, with the remit for Equal Opportunities, Prof. Maria Cecilia Guerra, is to be held at 10:00 in the “Sala Polifunzionale” of the Prime Ministers Office (via Santa Maria in Via, 37) and has been organised by the San Camillio Forlanini Hospital Complex. The workshop will offer a moment for encounter and reflection on the cultural aspects of the phenomenon of Female Genital Mutilation.

UN Resolution banning MGF

A UN resolution on a universal ban on female genital mutilation (20 December 2012) was unanimously approved, and urged all States to undertake the necessary measures, including the enactment and reinforcement of legislation prohibiting FGM, to defend women and female children from this form of violence and put an end to impunity, along with educational and awareness raising efforts.

Italy’s commitment

To this end, Italy has devoted time and resources over recent years, promoting and tightening policies for the prevention of these practices on its own soil. Legislation in 2006 placed the Department of Equal Opportunity in a position to advance and support the coordination of the efforts of the Ministries of Health, Education and Foreign Affairs and, in December 2012, an agreement was approved on a system of prevention and opposition that earmarked more than 3 million euro for use by regional administrations.