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.

Like any social norm, the practice of FGM is transmitted, from generation to generation. The family and the community are central to its perpetuation, so it is on them that strategies to combat FGM must rely to lead change.
The discussion of the intergenerational aspects of FGM aims to better understand how relationships between generations influence the practice. We will address the relationships between youth and elders, intergenerational trauma, and identify programs to enable intergenerational dialogue around FGM.

Given the power men have in their communities, men (and boys) are often seen as central actors with important potential to influence the prevalence of FGM in their communities. 

The aim of the discussion is to gain better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of involving men and to identify which anti-FGM programming strategies can be used to bring about truly gender transformative change.

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.


Launch of new discussion

Launch of new discussion

During the month of June the Community of Practice will discuss Intergenerational aspects of FGM!

Press review May 2021

Press review May 2021

Every month, the CoP FGM published a press review with the latest news and tools on Female Genital Mutilation. Read the one for May 2021.

Call for M&E consultancy

Call for M&E consultancy

The Community of Practice ( on FGM was first launched in February 2017. After 4 years of implementing the Community of Practice, GAMS Belgium wishes to evaluate the impact of the project and is therefore issuing the present call for consultancy.

Discover the CoP-FGM’s members

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

The views expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the UNFPA, UNICEF or any other agency or organization.

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