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WOMEN—INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Senator Cash, also on behalf of Senator Kroger, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1107—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) Wednesday, 6 February 2013 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation,

  (ii) the day has been designated by the United Nations to raise awareness amongst the general public about this practice which violates the human rights of women and girls, and

  (iii) the World Health Organization in 2013 will place a special focus on `the troubling trend of health-care providers increasingly being the ones performing female genital mutilation, thereby contributing to legitimize and maintain the practice';

 (b) recognises that female genital mutilation in Australia is prohibited by specific legislation in every jurisdiction; and

 (c) supports and encourages steps taken by the international community to eliminate the practice of female genital mutilation.

Question put and passed.