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Female Genital Mutilation

«Un jour, ils arrivent et vous mettent dans des groupes. J’étais la plus âgée. Je m’en souviens comme si c’était hier. Il y avait au moins six personnes sur moi, je les suppliais, je ne voulais pas qu’ils le fassent. J’étais persuadée que j'allais mourir. J’avais 9 ans...», raconte une victime. La douleur... l’horreur... comme cette victime, plus de 200 millions de femmes, d’adolescentes et de petites filles dans le monde — dont 500 000 en Europe — ont subi la torture des mutilations génitales féminines. L’Union européenne est au premier rang des efforts déployés au niveau mondial pour mettre fin aux mutilations génitales féminines à l’horizon 2030. Ces mutilations constituent un crime dans l’ensemble des États membres de l’UE. Cette année, nous avons assisté aux premières condamnations de personnes ayant commis ce délit.

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“One day they come and get you in groups. I was the oldest one. I remember it as if it were yesterday. There were at least six persons on me, because I was imploring, I didn’t want to. I was convinced that I would die. I was 9 years old…”, one victim relates. The pain… the horror… more than 200 million females across the world – women, girls, infants alike - have, like this victim, suffered the torture of female genital mutilation, including 500,000 in Europe. The EU is at the forefront of global efforts to end female genital mutilation by 2030. Female genital mutilation is a crime in all EU Member States, and this year we have seen the first convictions of persons that conducted this criminal practice.

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Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, horrifically violates the human rights, dignity and physical integrity of girls and women. In a Joint Statement on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, EU leaders condemn the ongoing practice of FGM in Europe and around the world, and outline the EU's ongoing actions and commitment to eradicate the practice.

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