UN Calls for End to Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

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By Susie
2020/07/06 12:35

Today's Vocabulary

1. female genital mutilation  (n.) 
the practice of cutting away parts of a girl’s or woman’s outer sex organs for traditional or religious reasons

2. harmful (adj.)  
causing harm

3. violation (n.)  
an action that breaks or acts against something, especially a law, agreement, principle, or something that should be treated with respect

4. ironing (n.)  
the activity of making clothes flat and smooth, using an iron

5. virginity (n.)  
the state of never having had sex

6. groundbreaking (adj.)  
If something is groundbreaking, it is very new and a big change from other things of its type.

7. subject (adj.)
to have or experience a particular thing, especially something unpleasant

8. consent (n.)  
permission or agreement

9. widespread (adj.)  
existing or happening in many places and/or among many people

10. bias (n.)  
the action of supporting or opposing a particular person or thing in an unfair way, because of allowing personal opinions to influence your judgment

UN Calls for End to Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

UN Calls for End to Practices Threatening Women, Girls Worldwide

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called for urgent action to stop female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other harmful practices carried out against millions of women and girls around the world each year.

UNFPA Director Mónica Ferro told journalists the report cites at lease 19 practice against girls and women girls that have been universally denounced as human rights violations – from breast ironing to virginity testing.

Ferro said the study was also groundbreaking in that it treats these practices as human rights violations. The study indicates that every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are subjected to practices that harm them physically or psychologically – with the full knowledge and consent of their families and communities.

Ferro said the three widespread practices that cause harm are genital mutilation, child marriage, and preference for male children.

The report also estimates that some 33,000 girls under the age of 18 are forced into marriage, often to men much older than them. And the report says, because of gender-bias towards males, extreme neglect of female children has led 140 million “missing” females world-wide.

Ferro said “We cannot slow down the pace.” of addressing these issues.



1. What do you think about the liberation of women in social life?
2. What is the importance of gender equality?.
3. Why is the issue of women’s rights an important issue today?
4. What are the 3 types of discrimination?
5. What is the most common discrimination?

"Women are the largest voting body in the country. Let's make it look more like us."

Michelle Williams

"A gender-equal society would be one where the word 'gender' does not exist: where everyone can be themselves."

Gloria Steinem