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EU: EU Wants Eradication Of Female Genital Mutilation

Gynaecological hospital, Keren, Ethiopia. Women frequently suffer complications from genital mutilation

The European Union has reiterated its commitment to the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) worldwide calling it, “an exceptionally brutal crime.”
Drafted by the EU’s High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding, the statement marking the International Day of genital mutilation on 6th February read: “This is an opportunity to remind the world that the European Union condemns the abhorrent practice that severely violates the human rights and the dignity of hundreds of thousands of women and girls.”

It added: “Female genital mutilation violates women’s and girls’ rights to equal opportunities, health, freedom from violence, injury, abuse, torture and cruel or inhuman and degrading treatment. We believe it is our duty to protect girls and women from the risk of mutilation and to alleviate the pain of women who live with the horrific physical and mental scars from female genital mutilation.”
The practice is particularly prevalent in some countries of East and West sub-Saharan Africa. The statement further read that the EU will promote measures which lead to the eradication of FGM, and will provide care for young girls and women who are victims of FGM.

SOURCE: The Courier

AUTHOR: Debra Percival

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DATE: 07/05/2011

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