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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

An EU strategy to put an end to female genital mutilation around the world (debate)
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  Petra De Sutter (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, female genital mutilation, or FGM, is one of the most extreme practices performed to control girls and women’s bodies and roles in society. As a gynaecologist and as a parliamentarian fighting for sexual and reproductive rights, I strongly condemn this abhorrent human rights violation. It causes horrendous suffering to women and girls around the entire world, and we have heard the figures: 200 million women worldwide; 500 000 in the EU; and 4.1 million girls at risk on every continent in the world, across all cultural and social-economic groups.

We will need the whole world to bring this practice to an end. We will need both women and men to stand up condemning this practice. We need politicians from all parties to condemn the practice, without falling into hate speech or spreading misconceptions. Europe should continue to take the lead in ending this FGM, once and for all, around the whole world, and I therefore applaud this call for an EU strategy to put an end to FGM around the world.

 
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