Secretary Clinton Marks International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 15, 2012

Update: You can watch the event in the video player above and read the transcript of Secretary Clinton's remarks here.

On Thursday, February 16, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host and deliver remarks at an event commemorating the Ninth Anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) at the Department of State. The event will be streamed live on DipNote at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Following the Secretary, Representative Joe Crowley (NY-07) will also deliver remarks. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer will then moderate a panel discussion with leading experts and activists dedicated to the global effort to eradicate FGM/C and to raise awareness of its negative consequences on women, girls, families, and societies. The discussion will highlight the importance of fostering community-based approaches and engaging religious leaders and the Diaspora community to encourage abandonment of this harmful traditional practice.

Related Content: Secretary Clinton's Statement on International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting | U.S. Supports Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

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Anonymous
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Ohio, USA
February 15, 2012

Anonymous in Ohio writes:

I am a proud citizen and i respect the people's sense of moral responsibility on this matter. but i fear it is way to ethnocentric for direct backing from the government. considering the shift in international policy, why wasn't a secondary institution (i.e. non-profit) endorsed financially by the government? to allow the people to act in moral justice as they desire without an unnecessarily large intrusion felt by others in the world. We should not assume people are educated as we are elsewhere - these new lessons may be a shock to them - and it might be seen by some as a reason to hate the US's "international police" policy (ironically, probably not the ones they are helping)

Gina
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Texas, USA
February 16, 2012

Gina in Texas writes:

PLEASE stop calling it FGC. It is NOT cutting. If I take a knife and cut my finger, it will scab over and will heal back to normal. If I take a knife and cut my finger off, it will be forever altered in form and function with a permanent mutilated appearance. I don't care what the Webster dictionary says, mutilation has nothing to do with intent. It is what it is. If I "accidentally" get burned, I will be mutilated. If I get "accidentally" disfigured in a car accident, I will be permanently mutilated. Mutilation is or is not--whether intentional or not.

Anna-Lisa
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New York, USA
February 16, 2012

Anna-Lisa in New York writes:

@ Anonymous in Ohio, I agree with you that the nature of this panel does appear ethnocentric, but I find the statement "we should not assume people are educated as we are elsewhere-these new lessons may be a shock to them" equally obtuse. The grey area concerning genital cutting is less a question of education, of having learned specific "lessons," than it is a matter of cultural understanding and socialization. There are intense social pressures at play that inform our conceptions of gender and sexuality in our own society, as there are transnationally.

AHMED Z.
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Bangladesh
February 17, 2012

Dr. Ahmed Z. in Bangladesh writes:

Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting

Thank you indeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for your inspirational and timely attitude towards female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

Indeed it’s a great tragedy that still the procedure is going on in some parts of the world . As a public health practitioner I sincerely condemned and believe that FMG/C must be stopped for the betterment of the society.

Dr. Ahmed Parvez Zabeen
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
TB Study Group (TSG)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Vinanti C.
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New York, USA
March 14, 2012

Vinanti in New York writes:

VOICES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE (VOWW) & VOICES OF WOMEN TELEVISION (VOW-TV) at http://voicesofwomenworldwide-vowwtv.ning.com congratulates the State Department's for commemorating the Ninth Anniversary of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) - Thanks for its dedication towards the global effort to eradicate FGM/C and to raise awareness of its negative consequences on women, girls, families, and societies.

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