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 held in both English and in French on the CoP internal Google group. The member’s contributions are translated by the moderators so that everyone can understand. 

As any other form of Gender-Based Violence, FGM is closely tied to power relations between men and women. It is a manifestation of gender inequality and as such it needs to be addressed. 

This is why experts are stressing the need for programmes that aim to inform and sensitize communities about the negative impacts of FGM, and to eliminate the practice in the long run, to incorporate gender transformative approaches.

Media refers to different means of distributing and making information accessible to a larger group of persons and includes traditional media such as radio, tv and newspapers in addition to more recent tools such as blogs, vlogs and podcasts. Media tools can be produced by trained journalists but they can also be the fruit of the work of activists, professionals or other citizens. 

This thematic discussion will explore different media used in FGM prevention and care for FGM survivors. 

FGM is a complex issue deeply embedded in the societies where it is practiced. While criminalization of the practice is generally acknowledged as an important step in the global strategy towards abandonment of FGM, most experts would agree that anti-FGM laws alone cannot solve the problem.

This thematic discussion picks up where we ended when discussing this topic in the summer of 2019.

Where are we at two years later in terms of anti-FGM legislation?


Webinaire Médical sur la Désinfibulation

Webinaire Médical sur la Désinfibulation

Webinaire Médical sur la Désinfibulation Le 2 décembre à 14h00 Heure d’Europe centrale, se tiendra le webinaire médical sur la désinfibulation  avec le Dr Jasmine Abdulcadir un évènement à ne fortement sollicité par nos collègues du secteur médical. Dans le cadre des Mutilations Génitales Féminines (MGF), la désinfibulation est une intervention recommandée pour réduire les complications obstétricales et les infections urinaires récurrentes (OMS, 2018).  Ce webinaire médical […]

Webinar innovative financing to ending harmful practices with UNICEF

Webinar innovative financing to ending harmful practices with UNICEF

Webinar : innovative financing to ending harmful practices with UNICEF On the 1st of December, at 3.30 PM CET, UNICEF will be presenting the paper: Innovative Financing for the Elimination of Harmful Practices.  Speakers :  – Harriet Akullu is a Child Protection Specialist at UNICEF. She currently manages the technical front of UNICEF’s global effort towards the elimination of female genital […]



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“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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