Why influence policy?
Policies can be defined as:
«Action Plans containing principles to achieve an objective, and outlining who will carry out the concrete actions that will lead to the achievement of that set goal»
Policies on which End FGM EU works are related to:
- Combatting Gender-Based Violence;
- Supporting Survivors;
- Ensuring protection for women and girls at risk;
- Helping women and girls fulfil their potential.
When a policy is lacking, advocates push policy-makers to address the neglected issue
For instance, when a comprehensive European strategy against FGM was lacking, we advocated for it to be created, and successfully achieved the first ever EU Action Plan on eliminating FGM in Europe and beyond!
What is "advocacy"?
Advocacy is a:
«Deliberate, strategic and non-discriminatory human rights-based process, formed around evidence and the experiences of rights-holders, aimed at influencing decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders»
It does so in order to:
- Hold duty-bearers to account;
- Achieve change in policy and practice;
- Contribute to the ending of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.
Members of the European Parliament after the Resolution of 12 February 2020
At End FGM EU, we influence policies at international level, European level (both the Council of Europe and European Union) and at national level. Whilst doing this, our Members are always at the heart of our work.More
Our advocacy work to end FGM and support Survivors focuses around four areas, which are particularly relevant in the European policy context: Gender-Based Violence, Asylum, Children’s rights, FGM as a global issue.More
End FGM EU is involved in a number of partnerships at European and global level. Advocating through such partnerships is efficient for successfully influencing decision-makers, by creating synergies, combining strengths and talking with a common voice.More
Throughout the years, we have built our reputation as the driving force at European level to end FGM and supporting Survivors. This is also thanks to our advocacy impact. Discover some of our main achievements here!More