Launch of the Network Ambassadors Programme The End FGM European Network has just launched the Ambassadors Programme. 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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UEFGM Officially Launches 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

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Annual Report 2015 We are pleased to present our Annual Report 2015 where you can find all information about the projects and activities of the End FGM European Network organized in 2015. Read more

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

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

16/05/2017

'How to talk about FGM' Position Paper (2016)

The latest position paper of the End FGM European Network

12/05/2017

Great News! The EU decides to sign the Istanbul Convention

the EU commits to end to violence against women

12/05/2017

Building Bridges Seminar: Register Now

Register now for our Building Bridges seminar

14/04/2017

​CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: End FGM Building bridges Seminar

We are interested to hear about projects, activities, policies and research which aim to concretely enable cooperation between the EU and countries of origin.

04/10/2016

Conference: Gender-related Vulnerabilities in the EU Asylum Procedures: Spotlight on FGM, 8 November 2016

10/08/2016

"Excision et sexualité: déconstruire les idées reçues et les stéréotypes", 20/9 Brussels

GAMS Belgium discussion on deconstructing stereotypes about FGM, 20/09 Brussels

Resources

'How to talk about FGM' Position Paper (2016)

Language is an essential and powerful tool in ending FGM. Vocabulary may seem symbolic in the context of a human rights violation yet terminology, narratives and discourse are crucial tools to convey messages that contribute to raising awareness.

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Annual Report 2015

We are pleased to present our Annual Report 2015 where you can find all information about the projects and activities of the End FGM European Network organized in 2015.

More

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
  • Terre des Femmes
  • PHAROS
  • 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 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.