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. 

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?

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.


Law and FGM, are we having an implementation crisis?

Law and FGM, are we having an implementation crisis?

For the law to be effective, it has to be implemented by the government, be respected by the citizens, and applied by the judicial bodies. Cultural settings or attitudes towards the law can impede implementation of an anti-FGM law.

International Stakeholder Dialogue

International Stakeholder Dialogue

This international stakeholder dialogue is organized by AIDOS, GAMS Belgium and the END FGM European Network. The dialogue is supported by the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation and Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls funded – project “Building bridges between Africa and Europe to tackle FGM”.

Cascading Efforts Towards Ending FGM in Kenya

Cascading Efforts Towards Ending FGM in Kenya

Eva Komba: ”In my country, Kenya, the anti-FGM legislation is central in the response to the challenge of FGM. The law was supported by the establishment of the Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board which gathers a wide range of police powers”.

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.

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