Summer Newsletter 2019 - The End FGM European Network

Foreword from our Director, 

Fiona Coyle

Its July (already!?), we are over half way through 2019 and before recuperating and re-energising over the summer break, this edition showcases the wonderful work that has happened in the last few months. As you can see it’s been an incredibly jam packed 2019 but some of  my personal highlights are: ...

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We are five years old!

The European End FGM Network has turned 5 this year! The event was celebrated in Brussels with Members and Ambassadors last April, right before our General Assembly meeting and the launch of our 2018 Annual Report.The Network has also elected two new board members: Sónia Duarte Lopes and Gwladys Awo.

EASO Thematic Meeting on gender-related persecution

End FGM European Network was invited to facilitate a workshop on “Harmful traditional practices as ground for asylum”. The meeting gathered around 40 specialised civil society organisations with the overall aim of putting forward recommendations...

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End FGM European Network at Women Deliver 2019 Conference

One of our objectives for the years to come is to better represent the voice of the European movement to end FGM within the international sphere. For the first time, the Network participated to the Women Deliver Conference 2019, in Vancouver (Canada). Our Co-President Sokhna Fall Ba was there too!

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End FGM European Network at the French Senate

End FGM European Network was invited to the French Senate's Conference “Reinforce the policies and the collaboration between all the actors against FGM”. A unique opportunity to strengthen the role of women in the fight against FGM...

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News from the educational project Gender ABC

An innovative project which recognises the role of schools in influencing values, social norms & attitudes, and shaping behaviours. Because it's never too soon to learn about gender equality! 

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Women 7 Summit

For the first time the End FGM European Network participated in the Women 7 Summit in Paris, which was a space for exchanges between feminists from all over the world to form and strengthen a global movement for women's rights. 

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Are communities hard to reach?

In Brussels on Friday the 26th of April 2019, the End FGM European Network and GAMS Belgium hosted a European Conference “Preventing FGM in hard to reach communities” and on the same day the Network participated in the screening of the Egyptian movie ‘Amal’, followed by a panel debate

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GAMS: International Experts’ meeting on FGM/C in Belgium

More than 40 prominent scholars and experts from all continents shared the results of their latest research on FGM/C. 

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Pharos: A new study on FGM/C in the Netherlands 

The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of FGM/C in the Netherlands and to estimate the number of girls at risk. A report, infographic and videographic have been produced as information material  

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AIDOS: “Against All Odds” movie wins first prize!

The video tells the true story of Charity, who was the first girl in her village to say no to FGM, when she was only 12 years old

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UNAF: Training in prevention and intervention on FGM in Spain

The need for training in prevention and intervention on FGM for professionals working in humanitarian and refugee shelters is a growing demand in Spain.

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AkiDwA: Stronger Together

Migrant Women launch their 2019 Election manifesto with their priorities for voting in the 2019 local and European elections in Ireland

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Lessan: A wallet-sized leaflet to explain FGM law

A leaflet called 'Statement opposing FGM' to explain abroad that female genital mutilation is a crime in Germany

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Equipop: Nomination at the High Council for Equality

Appointment of Equipop at the High Council for Equality between Women and Men: a new commitment to feminist policies

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Orchid Project: ‘Faces for Change’ 

My mother is not the one I need to fight, but the system that continues to perpetuate this oppression...": a photo campaign to raise awareness on FGC in India & Asia

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Forward: New guidelines to implement FGM education in secondary schools 

The Department for Education in the United-Kingdom announced new guidelines indicating that secondary schools should address FGM. However according to FORWARD it is necessary to face FGM before secondary level and start from primary school.

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Finnish League: National Action Plan for the prevention of FGM

The Finnish League for Human Rights organised a Finnish FGM Network meeting where the National Institute of Health and Welfare was invited to present the new National Action Plan for the prevention of FGM.

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