A bilingual community of practice building bridges between professionals from Africa and Europe aiming to put an end to Female Genital Mutilation

the CoP fgm

The Community of practice on Female Genital Mutilation (CoP FGM) is an international, bilingual (French/English) network, gathering professionals and activists working on female genital mutilation. The CoP FGM aims to put an end to FGM and promote women and girls’ well-being and human rights.

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The Thematic Discussions of the CoP FGM

The thematic discussions, launched every 2 months, encourage knowledge sharing and good practice between the CoP FGM’s members. The discussions are in both English and in French. The member’s contributions are translated by the moderators.

This discussion and the two webinars which were organized addressed the psychological consequences of FGM and presented the current services available to affected women and girls. While it is possible to identify psychological consequences directly linked to FGM, it is crucial to understand this event in a women’s life journey and within the broader social, cultural and economic context which have an influence on mental well-being.

There is still much to be done to enhance the psychological support offered to women and girls affected by FGM and to provide them with the support they need.

Sometimes, girls are taken across national borders in order to undergo FGM in a country where the law against the practice is either non-existent or less strict. This phenomenon is known as cross-border female genital mutilation.

Cross-border FGM is still poorly documented and difficult to identify, in part because of its clandestine nature.

Religion is often one of the first answers people give when asked why they practice FGM – but is there a connection between FGM and religion?

Why is FGM still practiced in the name of religions that do not ask for it? 

How do we deconstruct these ideas?


Write for the CoP blog !

Write for the CoP blog !

Write for the CoP FGM blog! Are you an anti-FGM activist who likes to write? Do you want to contribute to existing knowledge and understanding on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), amplify stories from your community and bring about change through your words? The Community of Practice on Female Genital Mutilation (CoP-FGM) is looking for you.  […]

International day of zero tolerance against FGM : CoP voices of change

International day of zero tolerance against FGM : CoP voices of change

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation, the FGM Community of Practice shared videos from six committed activists, members of the CoP. The voices of these women resonated on Facebook and Twitter to speak out against and end this harmful practice.

FGM and social norms

FGM and social norms

On February 6th 2021, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, AIDOS launched the animated video “Dynamics of a social norm: Female Genital Mutilation”. It is part of a series of videos aiming to understand why communities continue to perpetrate FGM, under what circumstances this practice continues to exist.

Discover the CoP-FGM’s members

Doctors, sociologists, anthropologists, lawyers, scientifics, social workers, psychologists, project managers… Who are the members of the CoP FGM?

« The Community of Practice on Female Genital Mutilation » is part of the « Building Bridges between Africa and Europe to tackle FGM » project, supported by the « UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM ».
The project is coordinated by AIDOS in partnership with GAMS Belgium.

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