Access to care services for FGM survivors

The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) remains widespread in many countries despite its harmful and multiple consequences on the young girls and women concerned. Moreover, FGM involves great violence and causes significant trauma to women that should not be overlooked. It is a violation of the fundamental rights of girls and women.  

In addition, FGM has a damaging impact on the health of girls and women. The practice can be very painful and traumatic (UNICEF, 2019).   

Indeed, the removal of healthy genital tissue prevents the body’s natural mechanism. Women who have undergone FGM may subsequently have specific physical and psychological problems that require special care (UNICEF, 2019).  

  • How to improve and promote the health and well-being of FGM survivors?  
  • How can the quality of support for FGM survivors be improved?  
  • What access to health care for FGM survivors? 


“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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