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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

An EU strategy to put an end to female genital mutilation around the world (B9-0090/2020, B9-0092/2020)

  Frances Fitzgerald (PPE). – Madam President, I support this resolution. I am delighted to see so many people in the European Parliament supporting it. FGM is an act of physical, sexual, and psychological violence and mostly carried out against infants and young girls up to the age of 15 years of age, and of course beyond. There are 200 million worldwide.

It’s not something that just happens, for example, on the African continent. People often think of that, although 97% of women in Guinea have undergone FGM, including 45% of girls below 14, and in Ethiopia 65% of women, but of course it is happening in countries around the world. It is happening in Indonesia, Malaysia, South America and so on, and here in Europe. Let’s remember that 180 000 young girls, attending our schools, attending our youth clubs and involved in our communities are at risk of FGM in Europe.

We have to take action to make sure that we have zero tolerance. I’m delighted to see across continents – and we saw this in Nairobi at the recent conference – young boys and men working to eliminate FGM. That’s also very important. We have to have this comprehensive strategy to end FGM now.

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