Procedure : 2012/2684(RSP)
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to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on ending female genital mutilation (2012/2684(RSP))

Marina Yannakoudakis, Konrad Szymański, Martin Callanan, Daniel Hannan, James Nicholson, Malcolm Harbour, Edvard Kožušník, Valdemar Tomaševski, Julie Girling on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on ending female genital mutilation (2012/2684(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the reports by the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against to Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol, the convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,

–   having regard to its resolution of 24 March 2009 on combating female genital mutilation in the EU(1),

–   having regard to the report from the WHO 2010 ‘Global strategy to stop health acre providers from performing female genital mutilation’,

–   having regard to the report of the UN Secretary General of 5 December 2012 ‘Ending female genital mutilation’,

–   having regard to the EPSCO Council conclusion of 8 March 2010 on the Eradication of Violence Against Women in the European Union and its call for an international approach to fight female genital mutilation,

–   having regard to its resolution A7‑065/2011of 5 March on priorities on outline of a new EU policy framework to fight violence against women,

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas female genital mutilation (FGM) is an irreparable, irreversible abuse that affects 140 million women and girls alive today, whereas each year further 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the procedure;

B.  whereas 500 000 women in Europe are living with FGM and 180 000 girls are at risk, whereas according to experts these figures are underestimated and do not take into account second generation and undocumented migrants;

C. whereas any form of FGM is an act of violence against women, carried out by men and women alike, which constitutes a violation of their fundamental rights, particularly the right to personal integrity and physical and mental health;

D. whereas FGM causes very serious and irreparable injuries in the short and long term to the physical and mental health of the women and girls who undergo it, constituting a grave assault on their person and integrity and in some cases can even be fatal;

1.  Calls upon the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution at its Sixty-seventh session to ban female genital mutilation worldwide, by encouraging Member States to work collaboratively in order that they may end this harmful practice;

2.  Calls upon the International Community, the relevant United Nations entities and civil society to actively support, through the allocation of financial resources, targeted, innovative programmes and to disseminate best practices that address the needs and priorities of girls in vulnerable situations, such as female genital mutilation, who have difficulties accessing services and programmes;

3.  States that as FGM is mostly performed on young girls between infancy and 15 years, it is a violation of the rights of the child; reiterates that all 27 EU Member States have committed to protecting children's rights in the UN Convention on the rights of the child;

4.  Urges the EU Commission to give Female Genital Mutilation specific attention within the framework of an overall strategy to combat violence against women and within the EU Agenda for the rights of the child; urges Member States to take firm action to combat this illegal practice;

5.  Urges those Member States who haven't already done so, to criminalise the practice of FGM at national level, and to prosecute those who carry out the practice of FGM or those who are responsible for taking girl children and young girls to non-EU countries where it is then carried out;

6.  States grave concern of evidence which now shows that the harmful and sometime fatal FGM is being performed by medical personnel as if it were a medical procedure;

7.  Requests the UN Secretary-General, to ensure that all relevant organisations and bodies of the UN systems, in particular the United Nations Children's Fund, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, individually and collectively, take into account the protection and promotion of the rights of girls against female genital mutilation in their country programmes, as appropriate, and in accordance with national priorities, in order to further strengthen their efforts in this regard;

8.  Emphasises that awareness-raising, community mobilisation, education and training are needed to ensure that all key actors, government officials, including law enforcement and juridical personnel, health-care providers, religious and community leaders, teachers, employers, media professionals and those directly working with girls, as well as parents, families and communities, work to eliminate attitudes and harmful practices that negatively affect girls;

9.  Urges Member States to strengthen their health information systems in order that they may monitor numbers of girls and women, seen in European health settings, who have undergone FGM;

10. Emphases the need to support civil society, and in particular women's organisations, working within their communities to end violence against women and children, including Female Genital Mutilation;

11. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the UN Secretary General and the governments and parliament of the Member States.


OJ C 117E, 6.5.2010, p. 52.

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