United Nations – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (6 Feb. 2022)


On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, France reiterates the importance it attaches to the ending of the practice, which is an intolerable attack on the physical integrity of women and girls and a violation of their rights, including their right to dignity.

The feminist diplomacy implemented by France puts gender equality at the heart of our foreign policy. In this framework, France is fully mobilized to end gender-based and sexual violence, both through its initiatives in multilateral forums and through the action carried out by its diplomatic network and its operators on the ground.

France is also providing financial support of €6.2 million (2020-2022) to the Global Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, a fund co-founded by Dr Mukwege and Ms Nadia Murad, recipients of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

In Paris during the summer of 2021, on the initiative of UN Women and as a co-chair with Mexico, France hosted the Generation Equality Forum and its six action coalitions, two of them dedicated to combating gender-based violence and to bodily autonomy and sexual reproductive health and rights. More than $40 billion in finance has been released and 1,000 commitments announced to support a global plan to speed up gender equality, including an action coalition dedicated to combating gender-based violence.