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The European Commission is joining forces with some very inspiring women to call for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation. This is an extremely harmful practice which violates the human rights of women and girls. The EU will fight to end female genital mutilation – not only on International Women’s Day, but on all 365 days of the year,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner.”I call on everyone with an insight in this area to share their views on how to best tackle female genital mutilation.”

“Female genital mutilation is a severe violation of human rights. The risk of being subjected to this practice should constitute a valid reason for granting asylum or humanitarian protection. In our asylum legislation, we are paying particular attention to women and girls who are seeking asylum due to the threat of physical mutilation. Women and girls who are at risk of female genital mutilation, or parents who fear persecution because they refuse to have their child undergo this practice should be given suitable protection in Europe,” said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.


For more information

European Commission – Ending gender-based violence:

Report by the European Institute for Gender Equality – Female genital mutilation in the EU & Croatia:

National factsheets – Female genital mutilation in the European Union & Croatia:

Public consultation –

Homepage of Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner:

Twitter Hashtag: #zeroFGM