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Press Release : Fiamma Nirenstein- "ICJP COMMITTED TO CONSTRATING BRUTAL PRACTICE OF FEMALE GENITAL"
6 February 2012

Statement by the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians Chairperson Fiamma Nirenstein MP:

"ICJP COMMITTED TO CONSTRATING BRUTAL PRACTICE OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION"

Rome- "Today the world marks the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a barbaric practice which, according to the World Health Organization estimates, has hit over 140 million women worldwide and every year is imposed on 3 million babies and girls under 15 years. The FGM is a common practice in 28 African States and in some Middle Eastern areas, and it is recorded as a growing tendency within immigrant communities in Europe and North America. Data from the European Parliament reveal that around 500,000 women resident nowadays in Europe have undergone this form of violence and about 180,000 women every year risk to face this destiny.

The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians univocally condemns this abuse against women, which brings to traumatic physical and psychological consequences.

It is necessary to work from one side on the immigrant communities to eradicate the primitive conception that a non-infibulated woman is not pure; on another side it is necessary to call on the international community to take a joint action, for example by supporting the international campaign for the adoption by the ongoing UN General Assembly of a resolution banning the FGM worldwide.

As Jewish lawmakers worldwide, we are committed in contrasting this phenomenon by promoting in our countries legislative initiatives aimed at eradicate this cruel practice, which wipes off women's dignity and our democratic values".