Opening speech by Viviane Reding in the high-level roundtable to call for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation
Type: Complete speech
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 6th March 2013, in the framework of the International Women's Day, Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, gave in Brussels an opening statement in the high-level roundtable to call for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation, in presence of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs.
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||Soundbite by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, (in FRENCH) giving some welcoming words to open the round table on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
||Soundbite by Viviane Reding (in ENGLISH): Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of Parliament, Dear colleague Commissioner, I think it is very important that you have taken your time in order to be here with us today because each year millions of women and girls around the world are subjected to the brutal practise of FGM and many more are in danger to be into this so we know that FGM is a very harmful practise. A practise which violates human rights, a practise which is against everything Europe believes in; human dignity, freedom, equality, rule of law, respect of the human beings. So, it is high time to put this on the top of the agenda. Today, not only we will launch the financing of national campaigns in the Member States to continue but in a coordinated wave the awareness raising. We are also in April launching the financing for the Non Governmental Organisations (NGO's) who work with the communities grassroots on prevention and on help to the victims. And of course Europe has put to the victims very high on its agenda and the fight against FGM is on this list because those victims are suffering enormously and we know it. We will have today and I am very happy that finally we got this study, I had asked it some time ago because we all know that FGM is happening but we didn't know exactly where, when and with what consequences. So today we do have a European Institute for Gender Equality which will explain us the study it has done and the report set there are victims or potential victims most of all in thirteen of our Member States and also that all our Member States have or specific laws or general laws which can be applied to FGM so, without much to do, I will pass the floor saying welcome to all those who had not yet been there when I started and thanking all of you to be present and I would like to start by giving the floor to my colleague Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs.