United Nations – Testing girls for virginity violates their human rights.

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United Nations – Testing girls for virginity violates their human rights

A group of United Nations agencies has issued a joint statement calling for a ban on tests meant to assess the virginity of any female.

The statement, issued during the World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Brazil, stressed that such tests are both unscientific, and a violation of human rights.

The UN agencies are: the UN Human Rights Office, UN Women and the World Health Organisation.

The group said:

“so-called virginity testing also often referred to as hymen, two-fingers or per vaginal examination is a gynecological inspection of female genitalia carried out in the false belief that it can reliably determine whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse’.

In a global call to eliminate violence against women and girls everywhere, the UN agencies said that “this medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice, must end.”

It is mostly performed by doctors, police officers, or community leaders on women and girls, in order to assess their virtue, honour or social value.

In their statement, the UN agencies explained that the practice has “no scientific or clinical basis” and that “there is no examination that can prove a girl or woman has had sex.”

 

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