10 diciembre 2007

Petition against Female Genital Mutilation

Petition against Female Genital Mutilation

To Mr. Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development & Humanitarian Help;
To the Ministers for Cooperation and Development of the countries of the Union.

As either citizens or organisations, we want to express our opposition to Female Genital Mutilation. More than 3 million girls every year suffer this ignominy, and more than 150 million women live with the effects their entire life. The physical and psychological consequences of this violence are a grave invasion of their integrity and dignity.

We’d like you to make this cause a priority issue. We’d like you to invest more means to inform and educate so that we can achieve the eradication of this violence at every level, both national and European.

We support the propositions of “Respect-ev” to fight this calamity, most notably:

1. Make Europe a place where there is zero tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, by passing clear and unequivocal laws banning the practice.
2. Envision the distribution of aid to African countries only if they help in eradicating and outlawing this violence.
3. Put the subject on the agenda of intergovernmental conferences with African countries.
4. Finance NGOs that work in Europe and Africa on this issue.
5. Lead or finance important campaigns and actions to educate and make people aware of the facts.
6. Take into account the menace of mutilation as a reason for according refugee status.

We appreciate your understanding and consideration, and we respectfully ask you to consider our petition.

This petition will be published, as an open letter in different European newspapers on the 5th “zero tolerance for female genital mutilation day across the world”, in February 2008.

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