The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is an international awareness day sponsored by the United Nations (UN). Global dedication to ending FGM/C largely began thanks to the actions of the International African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC), a Senegal-based organization that advocates for policies and programs to eliminate harmful traditional practices in the African region and worldwide. The IAC became the first to adopt Feb. 6 as the Day of Zero Tolerance, during an IAC-organized conference in Ethiopia in 2003. In 2012, it led the successful campaign for the adoption of UN Resolution A/RES/67/146 against FGM/C.

In commemoration of the Day of Zero Tolerance, PRB is highlighting six outstanding local organizations that are working to eliminate FGM/C around the world—Six for February 6. The International African Committee on Traditional Practices, Sahiyo, Kakenya’s Dream, Tostan, Grandmother Project, Orchid Project, and Tahirih Justice Center have all contributed significantly to reducing the prevalence of FGM/C worldwide. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of these organizations.

Watch our video to learn more about each organization. The conversation online used #SixforFeb6.