This joint statement by ARROW and the Asia Network to End Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) was broadcasted at the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council UPR Outcome Session for Maldives. Watch the video statement here.
Thank You Chair.
I am Keshia Mahmood, from the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW). I am making this statement on behalf of Hope for Women, Maldives and the Asia Network to End Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C).
We welcome the Maldives’ acceptance of all received recommendations relating to all forms of female genital mutilation. In 2019, the Maldives became one of only two Asian states to report nationally representative data on the prevalence of female genital mutilation, including the practice of pricking or cutting of the clitoris, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5.3.2. This revealed that 13% of girls and women aged 15-49 are circumcised. We strongly commend the leadership shown by the Maldives and encourage other States across Asia to follow their example. We also welcome the attention shown to this important issue by the Bahamas, Fiji, Italy, Japan and Peru.
Whilst this is an important step towards ending female genital mutilation, acceleration of progress is required to fully address the drivers of this practice and its impacts on the rights of all women and girls.
We call on the Maldives to take the following actions:
We look forward to supporting the Maldives in its commitments to end all forms of female genital mutilation or cutting.
This statement is endorsed by: