FGM survivors and those at risk also have the right to a gender-sensitive asylum process.

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


Female Genital Mutilation in Guinea on the rise

A new UN report released 25th April 2016 says that, despite being forbidden by national and international law, female genital mutilation shows no sign of abating in Guinea.


​Reaction to paper in JME online on female genital alteration: a compromise solution

The End FGM European Network would like to comment on the paper published on 22nd February 2016 in the Journal of Medical Ethics entitled ‘Female Genital Alteration: a compromise solution’.


Réaction à l’article « Deux gynécologues font polémique en suggérant des excisions minimalistes » de Asbl INTACT

Un de notre membre belge, ​l’asbl INTACT souhaite réagir à un article paru le 23 février 2016, dans Le Soir en ligne, dans la rubrique Sciences et Santé, « Deux gynécologues font polémique en suggérant des excisions «minimalistes».


Report of European Learning Forum on tackling female genital mutilation 5th February 2015


Workshop on the Istanbul Convention as a tool to end FGM

​​On 12th June 2015 the Network held a capacity building workshop for our members to better equip them to use the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention as a tool to end FGM.


Watch the video of our Network launch celebration.

Watch this short video from our one-year launch celebration and the unveiling of the exhibition 'Building Bridges to end FGM'.


Amnesty International's END FGM European Campaign: A Strategy for the European Union Institutions (February 2010)

The END FGM European Campaign developed a strategy in 2010 with a number of tangible recommendations to end FGM and protect women and girls arriving in Europe to flee from the threat of mutilation.


Asylum Information Database Report on the reception of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe

AIDA's 'Wrong counts and closing doors' demonstrates that the inability of reception systems to adapt to higher numbers of asylum seekers is a structural challenge throughout Europe.


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

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.