Save the date: 8 November 2016 - End FGM Network Conference on asylum & FGM On November 8, we are organising a conference in Brussels on FGM and gender related vulnerabilities in the EU asylum procedures. More information and the conference programme will follow soon! Read more

We are hiring! We have an open position for a part-time Communications Officer to lead our communications work in line with the Network’s Strategic Plan for 2015-2017. Apply by the 10th of September! Read more

What is FGM? Find out more
What we stand for? Find out more
What we do? Find out more
What can you do? Find out more

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

09/08/2016

New Guide for key professionals on responding to FGM published

As part of the Change Plus project, the partners, including the End FGM European Network, have recently published “Responding to Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide for Key Professionals”.

02/08/2016

Want to work with us? We are looking for a Communications Officer!

18/07/2016

UNICEF: Majority of men and women oppose Female Genital Mutilation in countries where practice persists

​New data released by UNICEF reveal that the majority of men and women in countries where FGM persists, in fact oppose the practice.

11/08/2016

Save the date: 8 November 2016 - End FGM Network Conference on asylum & FGM

The End FGM Network is organising a conference on 'Gender-related vulnerabilities in the EU asylum procedures: Spotlight on FGM'

10/08/2016

"Excision et sexualité: déconstruire les idées reçues et les stéréotypes", 20/9 Brussels

GAMS Belgium discussion on deconstructing stereotypes about FGM, 20/09 Brussels

17/05/2016

Capacity building seminar on FGM & Asylum, 1 - 2 June 2016, Brussels

​On 1-2 June, the End FGM Network is organising a capacity building seminar on asylum and FGM for its members, as part of our focus theme on asylum for 2016 and our strategic objective towards better protection for asylum seekers affected by FGM.

Resources

UN Report of the Secretary General - Ending female genital mutilation (2011)

This Report follows the resolution 54/7 of the Commission on the Status of Women and seeks to track the progress made by member states and UN agencies in the fight against female genital mutilation.

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UN General Assembly - Resolution on Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations (2012)

On 20 December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly approved a Resolution on Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilation.

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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
  • Kvinnointegritet - Female integrity
  • 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 Spain
  • Terre des Femmes
  • PHAROS

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.