MEPs will quiz Federica Mogherini on EU efforts to stamp out early and forced marriages and protect girls against abuse and violence. Tuesday’s debate will be wrapped up by a resolution to be voted on Wednesday.
Members want to know how the Commission:
The EU signed the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, which lists forced marriage as a type of violence against women. Forced marriage and attracting a child to another country in order to force her or him to enter into a marriage should be considered a crime, says the Convention.
One in every three girls in developing countries is married before turning 18, and one in nine before 15.
Procedure: Oral question to the Commission (with resolution)
Debate: Tuesday, 3 October
Vote: Wednesday, 4 October