Pharos Updates


In the Netherlands, Pharos has been faced with female genital mutilation (FGM) since the beginning of the nineties. This is due to the immigration of women from countries where FGM is common practice.

The fight against FGM is complex and requires a comprehensive and targeted approach. Since 1993, Pharos has been a knowledge and advice centre for the fight against FGM. We have been designated by the Dutch government as a national expertise centre on FGM.

The role of Pharos

  • Supporting municipalities in shaping their approach
  • Training of professionals and key persons
  • Developing information and educational materials
  • Organizing expert meetings
  • Initiating and stimulating research
  • Participating in and initiating the development of protocols
  • Providing information through the Focal Point Female Genital Mutilation


Pharos’ FGM programme focuses on the following priorities:

  • Prevention of FGM through the development of protocols and materials
  • Improving and facilitating medical and psychosocial care for circumcised women
  • Collecting and disseminating facts and figures about FGM
  • Building an inventory of potentially useful international approaches for the Netherlands and other European countries

Read more in the PDF here.

Read more in the website here.