eu_logoMIGS is a partner to the project entitled “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”.

General Objective of the project

Strengthen the END FGM Network in order to facilitate a structured dialogue with European institutions aimed at re-positioning female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) as a development issue.

Project Partners

Previous actions and achievements leading to the project

The END FGM Network is a result of the input and coordination of Amnesty International Ireland since 2009, to implement the END FGM European Campaign ensuring that the European Union institutions adopt a definitive strategy to end female genital mutilation both, within the EU and in Africa. To this end, the END FGM Network has developed the Ending Female Genital Mutilation. A Strategy for the European Union Institutions, addressing 5 key dimensions:

1. Data collection, 2. Health,

3. Violence against women and children,

4. Asylum and

5. EU development cooperation.

In the first two years the END FGM Network conducted various initiatives to sensitize both EU Institutions and Member States. This resulted in EIGE, the European Institute for Gender Equality, to issue a tender for a Study on mapping current situation and trend of female genital mutilation in Europe; the inclusion of FGM among the areas of concern to be addressed by the Daphne III program; the collection of 42.446 signatures across Europe to support the END FGM Strategy; the EU Taskforce on Violence against women addressing FGM; a Statement by EEAS High Representative on FGM on the 6th of February 2011. The Action is part of a larger program, namely the END FGM European Campaign. This project aims at the expansion of the END FGM Network’s advocacy capacity in the area of EU development cooperation. Additionally, the current project intends to strengthen potential synergies between member organisations with other EU and African NGO platforms, in particular those participating in the 1st Africa EU Civil Society Dialogue Forum, and in CONCORD.

Specific objective(s)

1)      To increase capacities of END FGM Network member organisations and enhance coordination and dialogue with EU development institutions involved in the implementation of the JAES Action Plan 2011-2013 and the achievement of the MDGs;

2)      To mainstream FGM in programs and projects of European Non-State-Actors and Local Authorities involved in the EU-Africa Partnership;

3)      To advocate for the inclusion of FGM abandonment in the implementation of the JAES Action Plan 2011-2013 and in the definition of the JAES Action Plan beyond 2013.

Expected Results

  • END FGM Network capacities strengthened;
  • END FGM Network coordination structured;
  • EU development organisations include FGM in their programs and projects;
  • EU institutions addressing FGM in order to enhance achievement of the MDGs in Africa and support implementation of the JAES Action Plan 2011-2013;
  • Measures to end FGM included in the next JAES Action Plan beyond 2013.

Main activities of the project

  1. END FGM Network management, coordination and advocacy;
  2. END FGM Website;
  3. END FGM independent evaluation;
  4. END FGM Steering Committee meetings and dialogue with EU institutions;
  5. END FGM Network coordination meetings and capacity building workshops;
  6. Production of a TOT training curriculum;
  7. Training of Trainers workshop for END FGM Network members;
  8. Training of European development Non-State-Actors and Local Authorities;
  9. Policy papers;
  10. Structured dialogue and advocacy actions.

For more information please contact Christina Kaili, Project Coordinator at Christina@medinstgedenderstudies.org or at 00357-22842036.