Far from being an external or an African problem, it is estimated that around 500,000 women living in the EU have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) and close to 180,000 young women and girls are at risk from it every year. Different initiatives on the EU level try to tackle this problem, with the lack of efficient and effective enforcement being a major challenge.
- I'm a Young Professional with a Masters degree in EU Social Affairs. I started caring about the EU because I really liked the idea of freedom of movement which, in my mind, was a great way to promote cultural exchange, acceptance, and integration. But as I continued my studies, it was becoming very clear to me that the European Union needed to get closer to its citizens by creating a sense of belonging and also start working towards more social inclusion and integration. As I enter the professional life, I am discovering a new reality: Youth and Women's inequality. So for about a year now I have been involved in Youth organizations and Women's empowerment activities to try to engender change and create a new narrative. I think it is important that youth is involved at all level of the legislative process. The world is changing and there is no valid reason why the youth of today should be put on the sidewalk when it comes to the decisions being made for tomorrow. So to resume I'm just a young women trying to help create a world which I myself, as well as my siblings and children, would be happy to live in If you want change you need to take the steps towards making that change; only one person is needed to start a change.