Thursday, 7th March 2013
Female genital mutilation in the European Union and Croatia
Source: European Institute for Gender Equality
From Executive Summary:
Female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to all procedures involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
It is at heart an expression of gender inequalities, recognised as a serious form of gender-based violence against girls and women and a gross violation of their human rights. The term ‘mutilation’ is used deliberately, as it reflects the severity of harm done to girls, women and the community at-large in any act of FGM. Yet, approximately 100 to 140 million women and girls globally still experience this appalling practice in their lives...
Reflecting international standards of discussing gender-based violence in a framework of human rights, this report uses a ‘comprehensive approach’, focusing on prevalence, prevention, protection, prosecution and provision of services. This report is based on the ‘Study to map the current situation and trends of female genital mutilation in 27 EU Member States and Croatia’, which was commissioned by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and which mapped existing information and data on FGM in the EU-27 and Croatia. It is important to note that its in-depth component was only undertaken in nine EU Member States. Therefore, for countries where the in-depth phase of research did not occur, this report is less representative. Finally, it must be noted that any comprehensive approach to tackling FGM cannot be restricted to the borders of the EU-27 and Croatia. FGM is, by nature, a global, transnational phenomenon.
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