A bilingual community of practices building bridges between professionals from Africa and Europe to put an end to female genital mutilations

the CoP fgm

The Community of practice on Female Genital Mutilations (CoP FGM) is an international, bilingual, (French/English), network, gathering professionals and activists working on female genital mutilations. The CoP-FGM aims to put an end to FGM and promotes 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, aim to favor sharing of knowledges, good practices between the CoP-FGM’s members. The discussions are both in English and in French and the members’ contributions are translated by the moderators.

This discussion and the 2 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 into women’s life path and a broader social, cultural, economic context also influencing mental well-being.

There is still much to be done to enhance psychological support to women and girls affected by FGM and to offer them support adapted to their needs.

Sometimes, girls are taken across national borders 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 given when people are asked why they practise 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 in our work to abandon FGM?


Campaign CoP Voices against FGM

On the International Day of the Girl, we are proud to launch the Campaign “CoP Voices against FGM” on social media. The campaign aims to garner the experiences of our diverse members who are contributing to anti-Female Genital Mutilation policy and programming in their communities and respective fields.

Online stakeholder dialogue on “Preventing and responding to Female Genital Mutilation in emergency and humanitarian contexts”

about Members Topics Ressources X Français Join us Online stakeholder dialogue on “Preventing and responding to female genital mutilation in emergency and humanitarian contexts” This international stakeholder dialogue is organized by AIDOS, GAMS Belgium and the END FGM European Network. It is held in the frame of the project “Building bridges between Africa and Europe […]



This video was produced by Fatou Kébé and GAMS Belgium in October 2019 as part of the CoP FGM discussion on Type IV FGM.

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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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