Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is internationally recognised as a gross violation of human rights, a form of violence against women and girls and a manifestation of gender inequality. As such its elimination is included as a specific target within the Sustainable Development Goal 5 dedicated to Gender Equity. According to research by UNFPA, if current trends continue in the direction they are moving in, 68 million girls will face Female Genital Mutilation between 2015 and 2030. According to UNICEF data, more than 200 million women and girls today are survivors of FGM.
The new figures project that the current estimates of 3.9 million girls cut each year will rise to 4.6 million by 2030, unless massively scaled-up efforts are taken urgently to prevent that from happening. Such increase is due to estimated population growth in communities affected by FGM.
- Within this context, we must urgently push the international community to scale up efforts and ensure that we are effectively working towards both the abandonment of FGM and the provision of adequate services for women and girls affected.
On November 27th, the End FGM European Network, AIDOS and GAMS Belgium, supported by the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM and the World Bank, will organise an international stakeholder dialogue on ending Female Genital Mutilation. The theme chosen for the meeting is “Mainstreaming efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation”.
The meeting is open to stakeholders from the public-, private- and CSO- sector, in Africa and Europe, working towards the elimination of FGM.
This meeting will offer participants opportunities to :
- Get to know other professionals working towards mainstreaming efforts to end FGM
- Engage in mutual dialogue with other stakeholders and share experiences and knowledge about Female Genital Mutilation prevention and care
- Deepen their knowledge of strategies to Mainstream efforts against FGM
- Collectively explore key obstacles in mainstreaming efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation, particularly in prevention and care.
- Identify strategies and opportunities to overcome such obstacles
The meeting builds on the work of the FGM community of practise (CoP) which provides virtual spaces for collective discussion, ideas and information-sharing on topics FGM from a building bridges perspective (Africa-Europe).
The outcomes of the meeting will be taken forward in the work of the CoP and will inspire professionals in other regions where FGM is not yet mainstreamed in wider programmes and different sectors. Furthermore, the dialogue will take place in parallel with the annual meeting of the FGM Donors working group., providing an ideal opportunity to strengthen existing ties and cooperation with key donors and allow for joint strategizing.
Why a meeting on Mainstreaming Female Genital Mutilation ?
There is broad acknowledgment that mainstreaming of Female Genital Mutilation in wider programmes – such as those on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender-based violence (GBV), human rights and women’s rights, and in multiple sectors (such as education, asylum, health, research, law enforcement, child protection) - is key to ending the practise. The UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme performance analysis report for Phase II(2018) states that “people are more likely to embrace messages that come from respected members of the community such as midwives and teachers, as opposed to outsiders. Additionally, women and girls who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation need timely access to services – such as health care and psychosocial support services – that are available to address the physical, emotional and psychological consequences of the practice”.
Furthermore, strong evidence shows that professionals can play a major role in protection, prevention and care of girls and women with/at risk of FGM and that initiatives tend to be more successful if they are incorporated into larger programmes/already existing services. This has been reflected in several policy commitments and recommendations.
But how do we transform these commitments, recommendations and lessons learned into concrete and successful initiatives? How can we ensure that words are followed by effective actions?
The dialogue will try to answer these crucial questions, by building on key lessons learned from Africa and Europe as well as other regions concerned by this set of practices (Middle East, Asia, etc.).
Objectives of the dialogue:
- Foster working partnerships, alliances, and networks between participants to enhance efforts in policies and practice;
- Recommend the most promising practices and interventions in mainstreaming Female Genital Mutilation into wider programs in different sectors;
- Identify the main challenges/obstacles that hinder the effectiveness of such practices;
- Foster mutual inter-regional learning and spreading of good practices in regions where mainstreaming of efforts to end FGM is not yet developed;
- Encourage the engagement of policy and decision-makers from different countries and regions on possible concrete transnational actions to ensure mainstreaming of efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation, particularly in prevention and protection of girls at risk.
Methodology: The multi-stakeholder dialogue will allow for interaction among participants, giving the opportunity to speak openly and to raise challenges.
The following themes will be discussed (preliminary) :
- “Mainstreaming Female Genital Mutilation prevention in the health sector” – including discussion on Medicalization
- “Mainstreaming efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation in SRHR programs”
- “Mainstreaming efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation in programs dealing with gender-based violence”
- “Mainstreaming efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation in school programs”
*** Practical information***
Date and location: 27th of November 2018, Paris. More information will be provided once your application has been accepted.
What is the Language of the event?
English and French. Simultaneous translation will be provided.
Who can apply to participate at the Stakeholder dialogue?
The dialogue welcomes participants from a diverse range of sectors including professionals and representatives from government, international organisations and implementing agencies, civil society/NGOs, academia and the private sector. The dialogue encourages participation from those who have a specific interest and expertise in the prevention of FGM and/or care of affected women and girls
A specific number of spaces have been reserved for members of the Community of Practice (CoP) on FGM. If you are not yet a member of the CoP you can register online on the blog : https://copfgm.org/a-propos/about/registration-form/
You can either apply as a participant or propose a presentation of your work.
How do I apply?
By clicking on the "Register" button.
When do I apply?
As soon as possible. If you’re applying for a grant to participate, please apply at the latest by 15th of October 2018.
What is the cost of the conference?
Attendance at the conference is free.
Can the organiser cover expenses for participants?
The CoP can cover the costs of a limited number of participants (travel to/from Paris, Visa and subsistence). If you wish to apply for a grant, please fill in the specific form available during the registration process (2. REGISTRATION OPTIONS)
We assure you that your personal data and images will only be used for the purpose of this event and will not be shared or sold with any third party.
 See UNFPA press release here. Also the infographic https://www.unfpa.org/resources/bending-curve-fgm-...