UN seeks to end FGM

February 6th  is the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Following 12 months of historic change and growing FGM awareness, UN calls for concrete action against cutting girls and women.

Experts say we need multiple, mutually reinforcing strategies. For more information on the key ingredient in getting to zero FGM, click here.

“My mother’s refusal to undergo FGM has given me license to dream.” Click here to read more about one girl’s resistance to FGM.

Take the Girls Grade Beijing Survey

Silly Girls at IDG 2014Twenty years ago this September, the United Nations convened its fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. They produced what is called “The Beijing Platform for Action” and identified twelve strategic areas for the empowerment of women and girls. Since 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action has served as the gender equality road-map for governments and communities around the world – but a lot can happen in twenty-years!

The Working Group on Girls wants to know what YOU think about the promise of equality in your world. We invite girls, ages 18 and under, to Grade Your World! 

Botswana Zambia 2011 051Simply complete the Girls Grade Beijing survey to give feedback on what gender equality looks like in your community. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete, but your responses can help shape the global movement for girls’ rights! 

The survey is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Arabic. You can also download hard copies of the survey and return them to us at WGGgirls@gmail.com or at 777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 6E, New York, NY 10017.

Download copies: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Arabic