Meet our End FGM Ambassadors The End FGM European Network launched the Ambassadors Programme in December 2016. The Ambassadors are individuals with a personal link to the issue of FGM who have the passion and commitment to speak out against the practice. Read more

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UEFGM Officially Launches The UEFGM (United to END FGM) European Knowledge Platform for Professionals Dealing with Female Genital Mutilation has officially launched in Malta as of the 3rd of February 2017. Read more

'How to talk about FGM' Position Paper The latest position paper of End FGM European Network Read more

VACANCY: Finance & Administration Officer The End FGM European Network is recruiting a Finance & Administration Officer to be employed on a full-time basis in its head office in Brussels, Belgium. Read more

Reaction to The New York Times letter: ‘The Law in a Female Genital Cutting Case' The End FGM European Network would like to comment on the letter published in The Yor Times on Monday 12th June 2017 entitled ‘The Law in a Female Genital Cutting Case‘. Read more

Press Release: FGM Survivors & Community Representatives to Turn to EU Parliament on Sep 26th 2017 On September 26th, 7 diaspora community representatives trained via the Change Plus programme to abandon the practice of FGM, hailing from three EU member states will gather in the European Parliament to meet with EU institutions’ representatives and discuss the role communities play and the challenges they face in ending FGM in Europe. Read more

CALL FOR CONSULTANT: END FGM EU YOUTH SPEAK-OUT Meeting In 2017, End FGM EU is starting a dialogue with children and young people with the long-term objective of establishing an End FGM EU Youth Group actively involved in the Network’s activities and a youth programme. Read more

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What is FGM?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice that is recognised worldwide as a human rights violation. The practice of FGM violates:

  • Right to physical and mental integrity
  • Right to highest attainable standard of health
  • Right to be free from all forms of discrimination against women (including violence against women)
  • Right to freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Rights of the child
  • In extreme cases, right to life

FGM has been documented in certain parts of Africa, Asia and Middle East. It is now encountered in Europe as well. Most often, girls and women are taken to their countries of origin during school holidays where they are confronted with the pressure to be cut.

The European Parliament estimates 500,000 girls and women living in Europe are suffering with the lifelong consequences of female genital mutilation. The EU has the power to act. The End FGM European Network works to ensure that the EU acts now to end this practice and protect women and girls.

What we stand for?

The End FGM European Network offers a space to women and girls affected by FGM to engage directly with European decision makers. Their experiences and the expertise of member organisations define and guide the Network’s calls for European political action to end FGM.

The development of a European transnational network of organisations feeds into and complements the development of the platform working against FGM worldwide. Already, the platform created by the Network has facilitated cross-border cooperation and engagement in the international mobilisation on FGM. In addition, the Network provides a space for knowledge and skills sharing amongst actors involved in activities towards ending FGM, which can benefit the global movement to end FGM.

What we do?

Find out how we aim to bring about sustainable change and promote ending FGM.

More about our strategic plan

What can you do?

News & Events


European Parliament Vote to Approve The Report on the EU Accession to the Istanbul Convention

The EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention will provide a coherent European legal framework to prevent and combat violence against women and gender-based violence.



In 2017, End FGM EU is starting a dialogue with children and young people with the long-term objective of establishing an End FGM EU Youth Group actively involved in the Network’s activities and a youth programme.


Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Calls for Effectively Preventing and Combating Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage

Yesterday, on September 13th 2017, the Committee of Ministers called on member states to step up efforts to prevent and combat female genital mutilation and forced marriage across Europe, as it adopted a guide on good practices.


The End FGM Building Bridges Seminar

On May 30th, the End FGM European Network held the “Building bridges between the EU and countries of origin” seminar in Brussels. The seminar focused on the Networks 2017 theme: “Building Bridges”.


​CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: End FGM Building bridges Seminar

We are interested to hear about projects, activities, policies and research which aim to concretely enable cooperation between the EU and countries of origin.


Conference: Gender-related Vulnerabilities in the EU Asylum Procedures: Spotlight on FGM, 8 November 2016


Female genital mutilation in Syria?

Our member Pharos has done a research about the existence of FGM in Syria. at this moment we see no need to add Syria to the list of countries where FGM is practiced. This does not mean we conclude FGM does not exist in Syria.


Guide to eliminating the FGM practice in India (2017)

​Speak Out On FGM and Lawyers Collective publish a new report, " A Guide to Eliminating FGM in India". The report is a comprehensive road map to curbing and eliminating the practice of FGM in India.


Our members

  • AkiDwA - Akina Dada wa Africa
  • FSAN - Federatie van Somalische Associaties Nederland
  • Equipop - Équilibres & Populations
  • GAMS - Group for  the Abolition of Female Genital Mutilation
  • FORWARD - Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development
  • MIGS - The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies
  • Intact
  • LebKom e.v. - Lebendige Kommunikation mit Frauen in ihren Kulturen
  • APF - Associação para o Planeamento da Família
  • AIDOS - Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo
  • Medicos Del Mundo
  • Terre des Femmes
  • International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH)
  • Excision, parlons En!
  • Lessan
  • The Finnish League for Human Rights (FLHR)

Our funders

Daphne Programme of the European Union

This site has been produced with the financial support of the European Commission's Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the End FGM European Network and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

Human Dignity Foundation (HDF) and Wallace Global Fund (WGF)

This project is funded with support from the Human Dignity Foundation (HDF) and the Wallace Global Fund (WGF). The ideas, opinions and comments therein are entirely the responsibility of its authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect HDF and WGF policies.