FGM is a grave violation of human rights, a horrific form of gender-based
violence, and a serious child protection issue. It causes irreparable physical
and psychological harm to women and girls. Sadly, the drought and the
humanitarian crisis have increased the risk that Somali girls face as a result
of this practice.
I stand in solidarity with the young girls who were affected by this
incident and condemn this act of violence. I also want to assure the Somali
people that UNFPA has taken immediate note of this situation and is working
closely with the Government of the Jubaland State of Somalia as well as
like-minded partners to address it.
I call on the Government to take all necessary measures to ensure that those
responsible for this incident are held accountable, to serve as a deterrent to
others, and to protect the rights of women and girls. I also urge the
Government and the international community to take swift and proactive measures
to help eradicate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
UNFPA is committed to supporting women and girls and defending their right
to live in a world free from violence and discrimination, where their human
rights are respected and protected.