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Calling Attention to Female Genital Mutilation

The alternative media movement, Dysturb, has partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to create a public photo exhibition at the United Nations headquarters in New York and mural-sized paste-ups in the streets of the city. The displays, jointly called “Female Genital Mutilation: 68 Million Girls at Risk,” open today, February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a practice that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, and it is internationally recognized as a human rights violation.

“More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut around the world and around 68 million girls may be cut if efforts are not accelerated to end this harmful practice,” according to the UNFPA, New York, 2018.

The exhibition covers the geographical scope of the practice, often thought to be limited to only a few regions of the world, while also giving space to those who speak out – girls, survivors, activists, educators. The partnership between Dysturb and the UNFPA aims to be a step in a successful and sustainable elimination of FGM.

The photographers exhibited are: Nando Azevedo, Edu Bayer, Valentin Bianchi, Karen Paulina Biswell, Dean Bradshaw, Andrea Bruce, Kristian Buus, Sima Diab, Simona Ghizzoni, Louise Gubb, Meeri Koutaniemi, Marvi Lacar, Jake Naughton, Per-Anders Pettersson, Giacomo Pirozzi, Laura Salvinelli, Lillian Suwanrumpha, Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo , Riccardo Venturi.

“Female Genital Mutilation: 68 Million Girls at Risk”
Open to the public February 7 – March 25, 2019
United Nations Visitors’ Lobby
46th St & 1st Ave, New York, NY 10017
Locations of the street paste-ups are available on dysturb.com

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  1. It’s disturbing how religion breaks down / away from common sense. God’s best gift to mankind is that ability to think. Deep down everyone knows mutilation is Wrong, then act upon your natural instinct.

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