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 can you do?
News & Events
Due to the current security situation in Brussels, the END FGM European Network has decided to postpone the Knowledge sharing seminar on the best interests of the child and the "Launch party" on the 2nd of December and the General Assembly on 3rd December
Here are the winners of the photo competition 'Building Bridges to end FGM'!
The End FGM European Network will hold a seminar on the best interests of the child in FGM related cases on Thursday the 28 of January 2016
Join us for canapes, cocktails, live music and street art to celebrate the movement to end female genital mutilation.
We are looking for photographers to create a photo around the theme of Building Bridges to end FGM to display at a photo exhibition during the launch of the Network on December 2nd 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.
This study for the European Commission develops a comparative overview of recent FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) court cases within the EU, as well as an exploratory survey of transnational movements in relation to FGM.More
The European Institute of Gender Equality published a report in June 2015 on the estimation of girls at risk of female genital mutilation. It provides some data and methodology to help us estimate how many are affected by this human rights violation.More
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