Today, more than 250 million women worldwide and another half a million in the EU are living with the horrifying consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM).
FGM is one of the most barbaric violations of women’s human rights! Although illegal in most countries in the world, FGM is still performed in 28 African countries, and also in the Middle East and Asia. 98% of the women in Somalia are affected by it.
Despite the fact that it is illegal in the EU, more than a half a million women across Europe are still victims of FGM.
The procedure varies, but can involve removal of the clitoris or the partial sealing of the labia. It`s often performed unsupervised in unhygienic conditions without any drugs and poses a grave threat to the woman`s health.
It’s done in a most secretive way. The women performing the cut do not have proper training. There is no anesthesia. The girls suffer later on in life. There have been deaths,” says Saifuddin Insaf, the editor of the Bohra Chronicle.
The European Union is dedicated to working collectively to completely eliminate female genital mutilation:
Culture, custom, religion, tradition or so-called honour cannot be a justification for any acts of violence against women,” said Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, chair of Parliament’s women’s rights committee.
The 6th of February marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. According to the UN, it`s a day to raise awareness about a human rights violation that could be ended in one generation.
To end this practice, in 2013, the EU presented a new strategy and now the MEPs are asking the European Commission to come forward with an overview of what has been achieved since. Asylum and the highest standards of protection have to be provided to all seekers on all grounds related to Female Genital Mutilation.
In order to end this practice, there is a need for better training of people fighting to end this horrible practice, more flexible funding for grassroots organizations and all countries have to be more vigilant when it comes to detecting and prosecuting all cases connected with FGM.
Our world cannot make peace with this brutal and barbaric practice and every step taken towards its complete elimination of FGM represents a giant victory for human rights!
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