The End FGM European Network (End FGM EU) is an umbrella network of 21 national organisations working in 12 European countries and who are expert on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). End FGM EU operates as a meeting ground for communities, civil society organisations, decision-makers and other relevant actors at European level to interact, cooperate and join forces to end all forms of FGM in Europe and beyond. We put at the heart of our work grassroots voices to influence European governments and policy-makers to work towards the elimination of FGM. We build our members’ capacity, offer spaces to share expertise and develop partnerships.
While being dedicated to being the driving force of the European movement to end FGM, we are equally committed to build bridges and cooperation with all relevant actors in the field of FGM both in Europe and globally. In this sense, we actively promote and foster cooperation between the European movement and movements in other regions of the world.
The Gender ABC Project
According to an EU-wide survey on violence against women conducted by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 35% of the women interviewed had experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence before the age of 15 by an adult perpetrator, and one woman in three had experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15.
An intervention strategy that has been poorly exploited so far is education in school. Currently, EU education strategy and policies fail to address gender equality and gender-based violence in the school system as shown in DG EAC’s Strategic Framework.
In 2018, the End FGM European network along with its members in Germany (Terres Des Femmes), Italy (AIDOS), Portugal (APF), and Spain (Medicos del Mundo) received funding from the European Commission to implement an innovative new programme tackling gender-based violence through engaging with young people in a school setting.
This project recognizes the role of schools in influencing values, social norms and attitudes, and shaping behavior. The school system is an ideal setting for tackling gender inequalities and gender-based violence from an early age. This programme will assist young people to identify and resist gender-based violence and to become agents of change within their communities.
READ the Terms of Reference for this consultancy HERE.