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Adoption at the UN General Assembly of resolutions aimed at combating female genital mutilation and violence against women (December 21, 2012)

France welcomes yesterday’s adoption by consensus at the UN General Assembly of the resolution on increasing global efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation. This is the first resolution adopted by the UNGA on this issue. It aims to prevent female genital mutilation and calls on the states to condemn these practices, to combat impunity and, in particular, to launch education campaigns to combat them.

France also welcomes the adoption by consensus on the same day of the resolution on increasing efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women. France, together with the Netherlands, initiated this resolution, which was adopted by consensus and co-sponsored by 103 states. This resolution aims to protect women from violence and notably calls on the states to improve the legal framework for the protection of and support for women affected by violence. This is also the key theme of the next session of the Commission on the Status of Women (March 4 to 15, 2013).

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