Female genital mutilation is an abhorrent and barbaric practice

Date

24 Mar 2009

Sections

Health & Consumers
EU Priorities 2020

Press release

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for the practice of female circumcision and genital mutilation to be made illegal in all Member States in the form of laws and administrative provisions, prevention systems, and education and social measures, and in particular, wide dissemination of information regarding the existing protection mechanisms available.

The resolution also insists that women and girls who are granted asylum in the EU because of the threat of female genital mutilation should have regular check-ups by health authorities and/or doctors as a preventive measure so as to protect them from any threat of mutilation being carried out subsequently in the EU.

Claire Gibault (Avenir Democrat, France), ALDE Spokesperson on the Women's Committee, who was instrumental in steering through this resolution, said:

"I am pleased that the European Parliament, by adopting this report, decided to give refugee status to women and young girls who risk genital mutilation in their home country. It is reasonable and responsible to study this on a case by case basis even if there is only a slight glimmer of evidence. It is essential to remain vigilant because unfortunately the granting of refugee status cannot be automatic insofar as it does not always guarantee that the women and girls escape female circumcision, which is sometimes carried out after the family has settled in a European country.

"This is a very important step in the struggle against female circumcision. We must continue to mobilize and follow-up side by side with activists in order to increase public awareness even more and to legislate in a more drastic way in order to prohibit these practices in Europe"

For more information, please contact:
Neil Corlett: +33-3-88 17 41 67 or +32-478-78 22 84
e-mail: neil.corlett@europarl.europa.eu
Dave McCullough: +33-3-88 17 31 34 or +32-472-32 56 02 Web: http://www.alde.eu