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ISTANBUL CONVENTION - Female genital mutilation (2019)

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The Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding European instrument specifically devoted to violence against women and an important step towards greater gender equality. It covers various forms of gender-based violence, which is defined as “violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman or that affects women disproportionately” (Article 3.d).

In Europe, many girls and women are affected or threatened by female genital mutilation (FGM),  a fact that has long remained unacknowledged. They either run the risk of being taken to their parents’ country
of origin or of undergoing the procedure in a Council of Europe member state. For those affected, FGM leads to serious physical and psychological suffering, and will most likely have long-term health consequences. Those at risk of undergoing the practice are often very young and lack the means to say no.