Education & FGM

Education & FGM

Last year, during discussions held as part of the Virtual International Stakeholder Dialogue (ISD) which had the primary objective of supporting the development of practical and promising gender transformative approaches to ending FGM through learning mutual, the identification of good practices. One of the recommendations that received strong support was: 

Integrate gender-transformative education as part of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) into school curricula, pay sufficient attention to the rights and bodily autonomy of girls and boys, harmful practices such as FGM, as well as emotional education and relationship education. 

In this discussion we will be reflecting on:

  • Prevention of FGM at school.

  • The role of the school in the protection of girls.

  • The systematic integration of FGM modules into training curricula.

  • A global approach to gender transformative education.

The Commonwealth (2021), Female Genital Mutilation: The Role of Education, Access Here

Suzanne O’Connell (2020),FGM: The safeguarding responsibilities facing schools and teachers, Access Here

UNICEF | UNGEI (2021), Girls’ Education, Empowerment, and the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation, Access Here

COP(2020), The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on FGM, Access Here

UNFPA Somalia (2020), GBV/FGM Rapid Assessment Report – in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic in
Somalia. Access

UN (1989), Convention on the Rights of the Child. Access Here

Headteacher Magazine (2020), FGM: The safeguarding responsibilities facing schools and teachers. Access Here

Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) (2020), 20 Years of INEE: Achievements and Challenges in Education in Emergencies. Access Here

UNICET, 2022  International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation press release. Access here

UNICEF, Excision et mutilations génitales féminines. Access here

UNICEF 2021, Gender Transformative Education. Reimagining education for a more just and inclusive world. Access here.

FORWARD UK, School Training programme. Access here

AIDOS, 2021, Mind the Gap, Step up for Gender Equality. Access here

END FGM EUROPEAN NETWORK, 18 educational modules for gender equality. Access here

Second Step (2014), Child Protection in Schools: A Four-Part Solution. Access Here

“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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