6 February observed as a International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female every year. The day is sponsored by the United Nations (UN) for their efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation. It was first introduced in the year 2003.

Theme for International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female: No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation.

Female genital mutilation

It comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women. Girls who undergo female genital mutilation face short-term complications such as severe pain, shock, excessive bleeding, infections, and difficulty in passing urine, as well as long-term consequences for their sexual and reproductive health and mental health.

6 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 6 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation