On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the European Commission has reaffirmed its commitment to fight the unacceptable practice. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), internationally recognised as a violation of women’s human rights and as a form of child abuse, is thought to have affected 500,000 victims in the EU alone, and more than 125 million worldwide.

As Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner said: “The EU wi...

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