end fgm campaign badgeRepresentatives from 13 partner organisations across Europe, including the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies,  attended a meeting held in Lisbon by Family Planning Association in Portugal (APF) to formulate the priorities for the END FGM campaign strategy.  This strategy will be launched across the European Union by the partners in the beginning of next year.

On 1 October, the campaign team and partners discussed the goals of the campaign and the priority areas that the EU should address to ensure that women and girls living in the EU are protected from female genital mutilation in Europe and abroad.

IMG_4710Asylum, healthcare, EU development cooperation and child protection were some of the areas that were considered during the meeting.

Apart from the partner organisations, representatives of EuroNet-FGM and Amnesty International Portugal attended the strategy meeting.

The meeting was followed by a one-day media training for all partners and the newly appointed strong voices of the campaign. The strong voices will be supported by the campaign to share their experiences of FGM with decision makers.

FIVE STOPS TO END FGM – Launching the campaign strategy in February – March 2010

MIGS hosted on 24th February 2010 one of the FIVE STOPS TO END FGM in Nicosia, during which the Campaign launched its strategy.

The 5 Cities/Stops were:

1. London, United Kingdom — FORWARD UK
2. Lisbon, Portugal — APF
3. Vienna, Austria — FGM-Hilfe
4. Brussels, Belgium — GAMS Belgium
5. Cyprus, Nicosia—MIGS

The END FGM European campaign, led by Amnesty International Ireland, works in partnership with a number of organisations in EU member states including Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies.

Coming soon:

In the past year, there has been an increased EU Institutions interest in the issue of FGM and the END FGM European Campaign has managed to gain their attention through the publication of “ENDING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: Strategy for the European Union Institutions”.

This year, during the 16 days of activism on violence against women (25 November 2010 – 10 December 2010) the END FGM European Campaign plans to start an exciting campaign action to raise awareness amongst the public (at national levels) of the campaign demands for a comprehensive, non-stigmatizing and holistic approach to end FGM.

Stay tuned at MIGS Website to support the up-coming exciting action to END FGM!

The campaign aims to ensure that the European Union protects the rights of women and girls who have been subjected to, or are at risk of female genital mutilation through a supportive legal framework, a trained health sector and developed community services.

The campaign aims to echo the voices of women who have undergone FGM and those at risk. By lobbying European Union institutions, the campaign is committed to ensuring that the EU adopts a definitive strategy to end FGM and provides protection to women and girls who flee their countries for fear of being mutilated.

Read more at www.endfgm.eu