European Union: Resolution Passed Combating Female Genital Mutilation
FGM is a violation of women's and girl's rights. The resolution "Roundly condemns FGM as a violation of fundamental human rights, as well as a savage breach of integrity and personality of women and girls and therefore considers it to be a serious crime in the eyes of society." The resolution has created a number of detailed provisions for the Member States of the EU to abide by in order to prevent FGM.
Member States and the Commission are called upon in the resolution to create an overall strategy and plan of action to eliminate FGM from the EU. This will be done through laws, prevention systems, education, and data collection on the number of women who have undergone FGM or are at risk of undergoing it. The resolution states that all forms of FGM are a crime and those who have committed FGM must be prosecuted.
Compiled from: European Parliament resolution of 24 March 2009 on combating female genital mutilation in the EU (2008/2071(INI)), European Parliament, (27 May 2009).
27 May 2009
Source: Stop Violence Against Women
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