Members of the Network at the General Assembly in June 2015.

Members of the Network at the General Assembly in June 2015

MIGS participated at the General Assembly of the newly established END FGM European Network. The GA took place in Brussels 10-11 June 2015. During the GA the members of the END FGM Network had the opportunity to discuss the future of the Network, its work plan for 2015/2016, its membership policy and exchange national experiences in the field of combating female genital mutilation (FGM) in Europe and beyond.

In conjunction with the GA the members of the END FGM European Network had the opportunity to attend a closed workshop on 12 June 2015. The workshop on the Istanbul Convention as a tool to end FGM – What are the benefits at European and national level? Was organized in the framework of the EuropeAid project “END FGM (Female Genital Mutilations). Cooperation, synergies and structured dialogue among civil society and EU institutions to address female genital mutilation as a development issue”, coordinated by Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo (AIDOS), Italy, in partnership with:

o Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD), UK

o Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (M.I.G.S.), Cyprus

o Associação para o Planeamento da Família (IPSS), Family Planning Association, Portugal

The debate/discussion/interactive workshop was facilitated by Raluca Popa, Gender Equality Unit, Council of Europe. An interactive workshop followed for the Network’s members on advocacy and communications (social media for NGOs).

Stay tuned for the official European launch event of the END FGM European Network in December 2015!

For more information please contact Christina Kaili, Project Coordinator at MIGS and Board Member of the END FGM European Network at Christina@medinstgenderstudies.org.