THE female genital mutilation is a crime and a violation of women’s human rights, the EU High Representative stressed in a joint statement, Josep BorrellVieira Jurova, Vice President for Values and Transparency, Dubravka Suica, Vice President for Democracy and Demography, Helena Daly, Commissioner for International Affairs, and Utah Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Relations World Zero Tolerance Day for Female Genital Mutilationat February 6emphasizing that “We must stop him.”
“Nothing justifies such a horrible practice, which has very serious negative effects on the physical and mental health of women and girls, such as infections, infertility and chronic pain. “This practice endangers the health and well-being of thousands of women and girls and may even lead to their death.”
The joint statement said: “Although many communities have abandoned this practice and cultural practices have changed over time, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed progress towards eradication. “Conditions of confinement make access to prevention, protection and care services more important than ever.”
“The elimination of all forms of gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation, is at the heart of EU equality policies,” added members of the College of Commissioners.
Finally, they emphasize that “we can not tolerate violence against women and girls.”
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