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  International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2013    
The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, on 6 February each year, is a time to make the world aware of female genital mutilation (FGM). According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 120 to 140 million women have been subject to this harmful practice and 3 million girls continue to be at risk each year. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of human rights.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme helps to mobilize local communities to combat FGM through a community-based approach to awareness-raising and peer education. UNV supports the work of its partners who are committed to eliminating FGM and protecting the rights of girls and women.

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Broken pots, Côte d’Ivoire 2012: A photo essay on Female Genital Mutilation
“I cannot forget it (..) Despite the passage of years, I feel great emptiness inside me” - Silué Djéniéba (50), mutilated at age of 15. This picture from the photo essay "Broken pots" was awarded at two of the most prestigious professional photojournalist competitions in Poland (BZ WBK Press Foto and Grand Press Photo). (Photo: Agnieszka Napierala, 2012).
During the eight months Agnieszka Napierala was working as an election advisor for the Peacekeeping Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (ONUCI) as a UN Volunteer, she managed to talk with victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). The result of her meetings with 10 women came in the shape of a photo essay on FGM, and with one of her pictures being awarded at two of the most prestigious professional photojournalist competitions in Poland (BZ WBK Press Foto and Grand Press Photo). Read more about Agnieszka’s experience and view her photo essay below. Read
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