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Italy supports UN resolution against genital mutilation

'Step helps millions of girls find freedom' says Ragaglini

26 November, 19:56
Italy supports UN resolution against genital mutilation (ANSA) - Rome, November 26 - A resolution banning female genital mutilation was adopted Monday by a United Nations committee, with the support of Italy.

The resolution, presented by a group of African nations, calls for a widespread condemnation of mutilation, and the promotion of social and educational programs to encourage leaders to abandon the practice.

"The text adopted today confirms the full commitment of the international community and gives new impetus to the efforts carried out against female genital mutilation," said Cesare Maria Ragaglini, Italy's ambassador at the United Nations.

He added that eliminating genital mutilation is an important step in helping millions of girls find freedom.

The United Nations estimates that up to 140 million women and girls worldwide have undergone some form of genital mutilation or cutting, and at least three million girls are at risk from the practice every year.