European Commission Communication - 'Towards the elimination of female genital mutilation' (2013)

The European Commission released its first-ever action plan 'Towards the elimination of female genital mutilation' on the International day of elimination of violence against women (25 November) in 2013. The plan calls for more data in Europe, better training of health and legal professionals, funding for civil society, exchange of good practices within the EU and much more. In its external relations, the EU is urged to raise the issue of FGM in annual dialogues and in its work with the African Union.