The thematic discussions, launched every other month, aim to favor knowledge and the sharing of good practice between the CoP FGM members. They are held in both in French and in English on the CoP internal Google group.
Desk research is conducted on the selected topic by CoP moderators. Information and resources are gathered from various sources such as publications by NGOs, international and national organizations, academic literature as well as interviews with key stakeholders. A summary of the desk research is shared together with questions for discussion withthe members (on the internal group) and made available for a larger audience through social media and the CoP website.
Experts on the topic are invited to participate in every discussion. Their role is to actively support the debate, answer member’s questions and participate in the sharing of knowledge by bringing their expertise to the topic.
The collective knowledge generated by the thematic discussions is summarized on the website under this section. You can also propose a topic for discussion by emailing the moderators.
Currently discussed topic
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).
“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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