Celebrate this year's accomplishments with us.

Hello dear friends,

We hope this newsletter finds you in good health and ready for a well-deserved winter break.

As the year approaches, we'd like to take a moment to look back at our shared accomplishments. This past year was filled with both challenges and opportunities, and we're proud to say that our staff, members, and ambassadors at End FGM EU worked tirelessly to continue supporting efforts to eliminate FGM in Europe and globally.

Through our collective efforts, we have raised awareness about good practices to end FGM through our annual campaign and advocated for upcoming policies to protect girls and women from this harmful practice. Through our projects, we have platformed youth voices and designed training and intervention models for health professionals, teachers, and community leaders to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to prevent FGM from happening.

Our network has also grown, and we have connected with more organisations and individuals passionate about ending FGM. This year, we welcomed four new Member organisations and five new Board members to our Network. We have also collaborated with other organisations, such as our Global Platform to End FGM/C partners, to strengthen our collective impact and promote a globally coordinated response to this issue.

As we look ahead to the new year, we know much work still needs to be done. We remain committed to our mission of ending FGM, and we will continue to work towards a future where girls and women are free from this harmful practice.

Thank you for your continued support. We are grateful for another year of walking together #Road2EndFGM.

We wish you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Best wishes,

The End FGM European Network

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Do you want to support our efforts to raise awareness about the harmful effects of FGM, build bridges between community members and decision-makers, and advocate for policy change at the local, national, and international levels? You can donate today through our website. Every little bit helps, and your support can make a meaningful impact in addressing this harmful practice!

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🧭 Updates from the Secretariat!

The End FGM EU Secretariat has known a few changes since the summer:

  • Our Coordinator of Programmes, Isma Benboulerbah, left the Network in October, after four years as part of our team. 
  • Our ESC Volunteer, Nina Medan, who has been working on Communications since last November, moved on from her internship in July. 

We have also welcomed new team members:

  •  Our wonderful former colleague Marc Montany Daufi has rejoined our team since August to fill in for the position of Project Officer. Read his bio here
  • We hired our new Policy and Advocacy Assistant, Tania Hosseinian, who joined us in October. Read her bio here.

End FGM EU is also looking for our next Senior Project Officer! Are you a strategic thinker with excellent communication and organizational skills? Apply now! 

End FGM EU’s Knowledge-Sharing Event 2023 Recap

On November 17th End FGM EU held its annual Knowledge-sharing event (KSE) in Madrid, Spain. This year, Medicos del Mundo Spain was selected amongst our Members to host the event in Madrid. We are thrilled to announce that the event was a tremendous success! We are hopeful that the knowledge shared will help bring us closer to putting an end to FGM in Europe.

Read more about the event »

2023 Annual Ambassadors Intergenerational Meeting: Sharing Wisdom, Strengthening Bonds

In October we held the annual Ambassadors Intergenerational Meeting in Brussels, bringing together 10 Ambassadors and Youth Ambassadors from across Europe. The event included an exciting public speaking training, gave space for sharing experiences and dialogue and it also provided a platform for Ambassadors to give valuable advice to the secretariat on the E-Campus to end FGM among other things.

Read more »

2023 Annual Campaign: “Roadmap to end FGM” 

Our #Road2EndFGM campaign has ended after running for a year and has been a great success! We have been able to create a lot of content in collaboration with our Members and raise awareness about good practices to end FGM. Our Members have played a critical role in the success of this campaign, and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of them. 

Check out our latest content on the #Road2EndFGM

A new country on the map!

Are you curious to learn more about Austria and its efforts to combat female genital mutilation? Look no further! Our FGM online mapping now contains comprehensive information on Austria's laws, policies, and initiatives to end this harmful practice. 

Check it out!»

The End FGM E-campus is coming soon!

Are you a professional who encounters FGM-affected individuals or communities? 

⭐We have something in the works to give you all the information you need to support your work on FGM.

In 2024, the doors of our virtual campus will open, and you will access our free online learning platform: the End FGM E Campus!

Read more »

We co-hosted a pre-conference on FGM at Women Deliver

This year the Women Deliver Conference was held in Kigali, Rwanda, from the 17th-20th July. Together with partners from Global Platform to end FGM/C we managed to secure an official full day preconference on FGM on 16th July, with an attendance of around 150 participants. 

Read about it »

EWAG 2023 Edition was a success!

The 9th of October kick started the week-long series of events to mark the European Week of Action for Girls. From a movie screening at CineONU to a breakfast with the Spanish Presidency, this week was packed with discussions, debates and advocacy for youth advocates. 

Look back on an incredible week »

All our advocacy achievements in Kigali, Brussels, Oslo and more

Over the past few months, our advocacy efforts against FGM have taken us to various places to have important conversations with decision-makers and make critical contributions to policy processes. 

Read all our advocacy updates »

AIDOS Italy - from Kigali to Rome

In July, AIDOS participated in the Women Deliver Conference in Rwanda, and in September hosted a meeting to develop an e-learning platform for the EU-funded End FGM E-Campus project. The platform will be available online in the first half of 2024!

Read more »

Terre des Femmes Germany - Updates from the Join Our Chain project

The EU co-funded project Join our CHAIN - coordinated by TERRE DES FEMMFES - is currently in its 9th month. 

Read about all that happened since Summer and get excited about the upcoming brochure!

Read more »

Equipop - new report on online masculinity

On 16 October 2023, Equipop and the Institut du Genre en Géopolitique published a report analysing masculinist cyber-violence and making a series of recommendations to the European Union and its Member States to combat sexist and lgbtiphobic cyber-violence.

Read the report in English »

Action Aid Italy: A board game to tackle SRHR and harmful practices

Action Aid Italy have adapted a popular board game, IL GIOCO dell'OCA, to specifically address SRHR and harmful practices.

Inspired by Action Aid's experience with youths, the developers reckoned that using a game could be helpful when tackling sensitive topics.

Read more »

Medicos del Mundo Spain: Meeting of African Women in Binéfar

Médicos del Mundo Aragón held on Saturday, 4 November 2023 in Binéfar, a meeting of African women living in the province of Huesca with the participation of more than 200 attendees from at least 9 countries.

Read more »

The Swiss Federal Council has decided: The continuation of the Swiss network against FGM is secured!

On 22 November, the Federal Council continued supporting the Swiss Network against FGM in Switzerland. This will enable the network to continue its services for protecting and caring for girls and women at risk and those affected.

Read more »

GAMS Belgium: A series of workshops about sex 

In 2023 the Concerted Strategies against FGM launched a new series of online workshops in French: the series about sex! 6 workshops were held on topics ranging from the clitoris to communication within couples. Watch all the workshops on Youtube in French! 

Watch all workshops in French

Lessan: Papillon the app designed to support women

Lessan launched the Papillon app that supports women in violent households and those affected by FGM. The app provides discreet access to support information in Germany, France and the Netherlands.

Get the app »
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