Meet our End FGM Ambassadors The End FGM European Network launched the Ambassadors Programme in December 2016. The Ambassadors are individuals with a personal link to the issue of FGM who have the passion and commitment to speak out against the practice. Read more

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Call for Translation and Photography Volunteers We are recruiting experienced volunteers in translation and photography. Read more

United to End FGM Web Knowledge Platform for Professionals The UEFGM (United to END FGM) European Knowledge Platform for Professionals Dealing with Female Genital Mutilation has officially launched in Malta as of the 3rd of February 2017. Read more

'How to talk about FGM' Position Paper The latest position paper of End FGM European Network Read more

Reaction to The New York Times letter: ‘The Law in a Female Genital Cutting Case' The End FGM European Network would like to comment on the letter published in The Yor Times on Monday 12th June 2017 entitled ‘The Law in a Female Genital Cutting Case‘. Read more

The Building Bridges Art Exhibition Tour in Pictures October 11th saw the launch of the Building Bridges to End FGM Art Exhibition as part of its 2017 theme: 'Building Bridges to End FGM'. Read more

View: The End FGM EU Strategic Plan for 2018-2022 Read more

6th of February: Launch of the FGM is #MyIssueToo Campaign! Visit our NEW campaign page and get involved! Read more

Join our Campaign! Visit our 2018 campaign page: ' FGM is #MyIssueToo ' to find out more! Read more

Read our latest annual report from 2017 We are pleased to present our Annual Report 2017 where you can find all information about the projects and activities of the End FGM European Network organized in 2017. Read more

What is FGM? Find out more
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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


The Screening: The Cut: Exploring FGM

On the evening of June 5, The Networks hosted a screening of ‘The Cut: Exploring FGM at Brussels Cinéma Aventure.


End FGM EU General Assembly

End FGM EU general assembly come together in Brussels for a day-long gathering of the 20 members travelling from organisations all across Europe to vote on important issues and discuss next steps as the Network continues to grow and expand.


End FGM EU Participates in European Development Days 2018

Organised by the European Commission, the EDD brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.


Brussels Screening: The Cut: Exploring FGM

JOIN US June 5th for an unmissable screening of the Peabody Awards wining documentary 'The Cut: Exploring FGM' followed by a Q&A session with documentary correspondent Fatma M Naib.


The European Development Days 2018: Building Bridges between regions and people to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

End FGM EU & GIZ will share a panel session at this years European Development Days on 'Building Bridges between regions and people to end FGM'.


Report: The European Forum to Build Bridges on FGM

​The European Forum to Build Bridges on FGM2 was held on 28 November in Brussels by the End FGM European Network (End FGM EU) in cooperation with the European Commission, and with the support of the Human Dignity Foundation and the Wallace Global Fund.


Read our latest annual report from 2017

We are pleased to present our Annual Report 2017 where you can find all information about the projects and activities of the End FGM European Network organized in 2017.


The 10 Principles: SP, DE, FI, IT, GK, FR, NL

BRIEFING PAPER Framing the European Commission’s 10 Principles for Integrated Child Protection Systems in the context of Female Genital Mutilation.


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
  • 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
  • Terre des Femmes
  • International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH)
  • Excision, parlons En!
  • Lessan
  • The Finnish League for Human Rights (FLHR)

Our funders

Daphne Programme of the European Union

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