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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Website launched to end female genital mutilation

Posted by Nathan Solomon
September 21, 2009

A website dedicated to tracking the response of the European Union (EU) to female genital mutilation (FGM) has been launched by Amnesty International Ireland.

It will document the response of EU institutions and the Council of Europe to assess developments on preventing FGM and will feature an interactive map of Europe, which will contain information on prevalence rates and legislation on the issue in member states.

The campaign — the site for which is located at — is committed to ensuring the EU delivers a definitive strategy to end FGM in Europe and to protect women and girls who flee their countries for fear of being mutilated.

The European Parliament estimates 500,000 girls and women living in Europe are suffering lifelong consequences of FGM.

- by Niamh Mullen | IMT News