The European Greens are marking International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February in solidarity with the estimated 200 million girls and women alive today, according to the United Nations, who have undergone some form of the procedure.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that FGM comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
At the European Greens, we support the End FGM European Network in its belief that FGM reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls.
The End FGM European Network says the procedure is now widely encountered in Europe as well. Most often, girls and women, they say, are taken to their countries of origin during school holidays where they are confronted with the pressure to be cut.
Today we joined hands with @ENDFGM_Network to call for the end of Female Genital Mutilation. Did you know that 500,000 women & girls live in Europe suffering the consequences of FGM, and every year around 180.000 girls are at risk of undergoing it?— Greens in the EP (@GreensEP) February 6, 2018
We say: It's #MyIssueToo! pic.twitter.com/N6M7CSBpX0
Cross-party collective action initiated by the End FGM European Network to include ‘champions’ from the European Parliament's FEMM Committee and the Child Rights Intergroup will be taking place in Strasbourg on 6 February.
Please also join us in helping raise awareness of the physical and emotional trauma of survivors by using the #MyIssueToo hashtag. As European Greens, we will continue to work towards bringing this practice to an end.
We support @ENDFGM_Network because #FGM reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. We will continue to work towards bringing this practice to an end 💜 #MyIssueToo https://t.co/UdKICzvWes pic.twitter.com/HKwHMU3st0— European Greens (@europeangreens) February 6, 2018