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Senegal

UN Women

On the margins of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, a high-level side event on "Accelerating the elimination of harmful practices to reap the demographic dividend in Africa" convened Member States, civil society, youth and development partners to discuss decisive measures to eliminate child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) across the continent.

UN Women

My story starts when I was one week old, when I went through FGM. I have no memory of going through the process, and I didn't know until the age of 15, when I was forced to get married. I came to New York City on Christmas Day when I was 15 years old to marry a man whom I had never met. 

UN Women

Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the Leave no one behind: Roundtable of the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel (HLP) on Women's Economic Empowerment Date