• 08-MAR-2014

  • SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

Women's Day: Ending Genital Mutilations

On the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March, the Socialist and Democrats Group in the European Parliament reaffirmed their commitment to fight for equal rights and to end violence against women in Europe and the world. The S&Ds specifically stand for raising awareness on genital mutilations by supporting Amnesty International campaign "END FGM". Today, more than 500.000 women are still affected by this cultural practice.

Britta Thomsen, S&D spokesperson on Women's Rrights said:

"We really thing that female genital mutilations are one of the most extreme forms of violence against women that we shouldn't accept. It is a torture, sometimes done against innocent babies and we shouldn't accept that women haven't the right to decide about their own body."

"We should absolutely raise this issue as a European issue because it also happens within our borders and it is completely in conflict with the European values on which we have built Europe."

Elise Petitpas, Advocacy Officer (Amnesty International) added:

"I work for a campaign organised by Amnesty International which is called End FGM, which stands for 'End Female Genital Mutilation', and if we are here at the European Parliament today, it is to try to mobilise the members of the parliament and to ask them to continue to fight against this problem."

"Today, 125 millions women are victims of female genital mutilations. In Europe, there are 500 thousands women which are also affected by the problem, and 180 thousand women would be at risk every year.

"All the footage filmed in Burkina Faso have been provided by the NGO 'Respect for Change' www.respectforchange.org

Please find here the musical video clip with artist Tiken Jah Fakoly "Non à l'excision" https://vimeo.com/23629739


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