Female genital mutilation is a serious violation of women’s
and children’s rights. 200 million women and girls in the world
have been subjected to genital mutilation, including women and girls
who are nationals of or resident in European countries.
No religious text prescribes female genital mutilation, but
the practice is rooted in the culture and beliefs of the practising
communities. Prevention must lie at the heart of all efforts and
involve all stakeholders: women and men in the practising communities,
grass-roots organisations, social and education services, the police,
the justice system, health-care professionals and asylum services.
Member States must strengthen their legislation, develop awareness-raising,
information and education campaigns, as well as training programmes
for professionals working with women and girls who have been subjected
to or are at risk of being subjected to genital mutilation. Parliaments
must be encouraged to take action to combat this harmful practice
and member States invited to contribute to the achievement of the
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.