Northwest FARREP Partnership Zero Tolerance Day Statement

Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Cutting. Female genital cutting or circumcision is the partial or complete removal of the external female genital organs. It is done for cultural rather than medical reasons.

Women’s Health West is part of the Northwest Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP) Partnership. The Northwest FARREP Partnership was established in 2013 to ensure we work together to stop female genital cutting before it occurs in our community .

Together, we aim to work with communities who traditionally practice female genital cutting to strengthen their knowledge about the practice and support attitude and cultural change to prevent it from happening in the future. 

Female genital cutting is a complex and sensitive subject that can impact women’s lives at any age – not just in their reproductive years. We believe that in order to eradicate female genital cutting, there must be a holistic, community-based and community-led approach that is culturally safe and delivered in a sexual and reproductive health context.