3,000,000 girls & women are subjected to female genital mutilation worldwide each year. That's 8000 girls per day. Our strategic plan outlines how we, as the European focal point in the global movement to end FGM, work to change this.

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


Postponed events 2nd and 3rd december

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


Winners of photo competition 'Building Bridges to End FGM'

Here are the winners of the photo competition 'Building Bridges to end FGM'!


Where does europe stand on female genital mutilation?


Knowledge sharing seminar

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 the end fgm launch party 27th january 2016

Join us for canapes, cocktails, live music and street art to celebrate the movement to end female genital mutilation.


Network launch party and photo exhibition 2015

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.


Female Genital Mutilation in Europe: An analysis of court cases

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.


Estimation of girls at risk of FGM in Europe

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.


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

Our donors

Daphne Programme of the European Union

This site has been produced with the financial support of the Daphne Programme of the European Union. 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.