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


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. 


“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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