Sexual and reproductive health

WHO commits to stand against female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM)

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22 July 2014 – WHO participated in the first Girl Summit in London. Organized by the UK Government, and co-hosted by UNICEF, the summit aimed to mobilize domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. The summit invited dialogue and commitments from partner agencies, the private sector, religious organizations, civil society, and governments around the world.

At the summit, Assistant-Director General Dr Flavia Bustreo announced a WHO commitment to:

  • coordinate and carry out research to enhance evidence-base for efforts to prevent and address the health consequences of CEFM and FGM;
  • support the implementation of the WHO recommendations on prevention of early marriage and addressing adverse health outcomes;
  • develop policy and programmatic guidelines to manage adverse health consequences of FGM and improve the care for women and girls living with FGM;
  • Support countries in planning, implementing and monitoring policies and programmes to prevent and respond to CEFM and FGM
  • Support the definition of effective and appropriate actions to prevent and address health consequences of CEFM and FGM as part of the global action plan that is being developed to implement the recent World Health Assembly resolution on preventing and addressing consequences of interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls
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