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Climate change increases female genital mutilation – women's rights need to be included in climate policies and actions

Female genital mutilation (FGM) already affects four million young girls worldwide every year. However, these practices seem to worsen with climate change, warns the NGO Vision du Monde: "In areas most affected by climate change, FGM has increased by almost 30%". The NGO noted a "vicious cycle" in communities in the Horn of Africa suffering from drought: "The loss of livestock and the desertification of crops undermine the already fragile food and economic security of families. On the verge of collapse, some parents see the marriage of their daughters as a solution to their problems and one less mouth to feed, and genital mutilation is a guarantee of finding a husband quickly and money for the family." Climate change has undeniably played a role in the precariousness of these populations, which in turn, has led to a resumption of this practice.
Fighting climate change and helping local communities adopt sustainable agricultural practices can help reduce female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice of FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. At least 200 million girls and women worldwide are living with genital mutilation.

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    • Acalos Pazqualahuexz Arubahlcavazaiz

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      When the bike flipped over on its or own

      • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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        Good idea!Gender mainstreaming is crucial in multilateral environmental agreements .No climate justice without gender justice!

        • Peter Karanga

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          A whole mile idea 💡

          • Johannes Luiga

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            Very important

            • rosebellendiritu

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              Many people may not have thought of those adverse effects of climate change,it's true these girls and women affected by FGM mostly are from poor areas due to prolonged drought hence they find the easier way to make life "better"is to get in marriage

              • Marine Stephan

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                @rosebellendiritu exactly, this is why we need to have an intersectional approach to issues

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