Charter of the CoP FGM

The Community of Practice is proud to announce the Charter of the members. This document is the fruit of a long period of drafting, consultation and reviews and a final validation.

This Charter aims to provide general guidelines for the Community of Practice. It sets common standards while being inclusive to the variety of members and their ways to approach the issue. It acknowledges that Female Genital Mutilation is a complex issue and that an end to this practice requires the possibility to exchange good practices and maintain a constructive and analytical reflection.

All members of the CoP must henceforth pledge to respect the Charter in any communication within the CoP.

« The issue of this Community of Practice is Female Genital Mutilation, also known as Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), female circumcision, excision or non-therapeutic female genital cutting, among others. FGM are all non-therapeutic female genital cutting practices ranging from nicking or pricking a part of the vulva (commonly, the clitoral hood), to excising parts of the external female genitalia, to infibulation (narrowing of the vaginal opening) (types I, II, III, IV of the WHO).

Our goal is the abandonment of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the promotion of the well-being and human rights of women and girls.
This Community of practice enables professionals and activists to exchange within the frame of mutual learning and to improve their actions of prevention, advocacy and care for concerned persons, as well as related policies. »

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