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Now that Da'esh has been territorially defeated, the EU wants to help the Iraqis achieve their aims of reconstructing their country, putting citizens at the core of the project. Co-chairing the Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq in Kuwait on 13 February 2018, EU High Representative Mogherini emphasised the EU’s strong commitment to invest in rebuilding infrastructure, but also Iraq's institutions, social systems and communities, and announced an additional EUR 400 million in humanitarian, development and stabilisation aid.
February 12 marks International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers. Tens of thousands of boys and girls are associated with armed forces and groups in conflicts in over 20 countries around the world. The EU consistently condemns the use of child soldiers and manages and funds dozens of projects to support children affected by conflict.
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.
On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, European Union High Representative Mogherini says that remembering Europe's dark past and translating what we have learned from our experience into our policies is critical to prevent against the rise of antisemitism, discrimination and hate speech in Europe.