Genital mutilation of females

  • Date / 1993
  • Ratifying Body / Board of Directors
  • Status / Current

The International Humanist & Ethical Union

Now therefore declares its utter condemnation of the practice of the genital mutilation of females;

Resolves to give full moral and financial support to the efforts of the IHEU Development Programme to ameliorate this global problem, and asks these IHEU institutions to monitor the situation and to keep member organisations informed;

Calls on IHEU member organisations:

  1. To urge their national governmental and non-governmental development organisations to educate on this issue, and to support health and education programmes that mention the health hazards and the sexual and human rights implication of the genital mutilation of females: while bearing in mind that inept pressures from developed countries could be counter-productive:
  2. To encourage and support education and development projects which offer scientific and rational teaching of biological and psychological facts in order to diminish the powers of myth and prejudice which perpetuate this practice:
  3. To press for legislation prohibiting the genital mutilation of females in their own countries, even in the developed world, for this practice is appearing there.

IHEU Board meeting 1993

Suggested academic reference

'Genital mutilation of females', Humanists International, Board of Directors, 1993

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