FGM survivors and those at risk also have the right to a gender-sensitive asylum process. Check out the programme for our seminar 1-2 June on 'Asylum and FGM in Europe' on our Events page.

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


Reaction to The Economist article of Saturday 18th June 2016 ‘Female genital mutilation: an agonising choice'

​The End FGM European Network would like to comment on the article published in The Economist on Saturday 18th June 2016 entitled ‘Female Genital Mutilation: an agonising choice’.


ICRH joins the Network as an Associate Member

​We are pleased to welcome​ the International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH) as an Associate Member.


Our Guide on FGM in the EU Asylum Directives is now online!

The End FGM European Network has produced a guide on FGM in the EU Asylum Directives.


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.


Photo exhibition 'Building Bridges to end FGM' at Mundo B in Brussels


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


The Heart of the Matter: Assessing Credibility when Children Apply for Asylum in the European Union, UNHCR (2014)

The report published in 2014 focuses on the credibility assessment of asylum claims submitted by children.


Beyond proof: Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems, UNHCR (2013)

The report published in 2013 aims to contribute to the further harmonization of Member State practices as they relate to the assessment of credibility in asylum claims.


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.