Membership Policy & Criteria

The End FGM European Network is a European umbrella organisation of national organisations working to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in the European Union.

Our vision:

A world where women and girls are empowered and free from all forms of gender-based violence, in particular female genital mutilation, where their voices are heard, where they can enjoy their rights and make informed choices about their lives.

Our Mission:

We advocate for a holistic approach to ending FGM and other forms of violence against women and girls at European level;  We aim to create an enabling environment for coordinated and comprehensive action by European decision-makers;  We facilitate the synergy of diverse organisations and the active participation of rights holders. It also provides space where its member organisations can share their experience and diverse skills.

Our Values:

The END FGM Network places the following principles at the core of its work:

  • Respect and promotion of human rights and gender equality
  • Active participation of rights holders in decision-making and activities
  • Use and promotion of empowering language framed in human rights terminology
  • Ownership by member organisations
  • Accountability, integrity, transparency and professionalism in all its work
  • Solidarity between organisations and respect for staff, members, individuals and allies

Who can be a member?

All members must:

  • Work on the issue of FGM or on other issues that are relevant to FGM: violence against women and girls (VAWG), women’s rights, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), migrants’ rights
  • Subscribe to the vision, mission statement and values of the Network
  • Sign and respect the principles spelled out in the Charter of the Network- Be committed to engaging in transnational work, advocacy and campaigning to end FGM in the European Union

The END FGM Network has three types of memberships:

  1. Full
  2. Associate
  3. Observer

Each membership category has different criteria.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please read our Membership Policy and the Instructions to determine the membership category that may apply to your organisation. If your organisation fulfills the membership criteria, contact us at info@endfgm.eu to obtain the relevant application form.