Words matter

Words and their connotations are powerful and can have a strong impact on the work we do. An inaccurate or demeaning use of vocabulary, instead of an empowering and careful use of terminology, can cause misunderstandings and misconceptions, and might even be detrimental both to the global movement against FGM and for women and girls in need of protection and care.The Network places a strong focus on the narrative that follows FGM believing that the use of non-stigmatizing, empowering language, allows for more open dialogues both with communities, professionals and decision makers.The Network has been working consistently at developing materials to equip the press & media, policy makers, relevant stakeholders and the public with more sensitized terminology tools that allow for more open dialogues in all areas.

Read our position paper How to Talk About FGM here