Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development seeks to put an end to genital mutilation, which is usually performed on girls and young women.
Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has called for decisive action by stakeholders to reduce female genital mutilation in the country.
According to the UN-supported 2018 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) for Iraq, a total of 7.4 per cent of girls get mutilated every year. For instance, babies born to women who have undergone FGM are prone to having a higher rate of neonatal death.
Kadiatou Balde grew up in a Senegalese village with the tradition of female genital mutilation.
"On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls", concluded the Secretary-General.
FGM refers to the practice that involves the partial or total removal or adjustment of the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, resulting in deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constituting a form of discrimination against females.
"We as a community of Ghanaians must demonstrate our commitment to protect our women and girls from human rights abuses to eliminate all forms of violence against them, " said Morrison.
Genital mutilation violates their right to health, safety, freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and prevents them from deciding on their own bodily integrity and sexuality.
Complications include severe pain, hemorrhaging, sepsis, urethra damage, painful sexual intercourse and other sexual dysfunction.
Most of the people affected live in about 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where the practice is bound up in cultural or religious traditions.
The UN earmarked February 6 as a reminder that efforts needed to be made in order to end female genital mutilation, which affects more than 200 million women and girls, said World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic in Geneva.