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Monday, 2 July 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Towards an EU external strategy against early and forced marriages (debate)
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  Bogdan Brunon Wenta, on behalf of the PPE Group. – Madam President, forced marriages leave an impact on girls and boys, and go against the fundamental rights and the dignity of children. We must be clear in our words: early and forced marriages are a form of violence. We must remember that these kinds of marriage lead to serious consequences, including limiting opportunities to study for those concerned, as education is often ceased abruptly, and, in some cases, to high mortality rates among mothers.

We need to ensure that forced marriages are not conducted on European territory among migrants or person of non-European citizenship. If we want to strengthen the fight against these forms of marriage, we need to invest in education and empowerment, especially for women and girls, and provide support to victims. Boys and men in third countries need to be given more information and education in order to develop support for measures that respect human rights, including those of children and women.

We need the EU, as an institution which has a global role on human rights, to also take a central role in the fight against early and forced marriages. The EU and its Member States must cooperate with the competent authorities, including those in third countries, and provide training and technical assistance so as to achieve legislation against this practice and ensure it is enforced.

 
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