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Thursday, 5 July 2012 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Violence against lesbians and LGBT rights in Africa (debate)
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  Liisa Jaakonsaari, on behalf of the S&D Group. (FI) Mr President, Africa is a place of strong women. They run the homes there, as well as the villages, and this strength must be partly due to the fact that women are heavily discriminated against. We all know that genital mutilation goes on, an appalling practice, but those women who are human rights activists and alternatively sexually oriented are the targets of even greater discrimination. That is why this debate here is so very necessary.

The labelling and abuse that we have been talking about here, and regarding which I heard the term ‘corrective rape’ – and let that be an example – must be condemned. The authorities in Africa must protect all women, including lesbians. The European Union should give all its support to this effort and, furthermore, urge political and religious leaders to act on behalf of human rights.

 
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