European Forum to build bridges on Female Genital Mutilation


Yesterday, B&S Europe supported the European Commission and the European Network End Femal Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the organisation of the European Forum to build bridges on FGM. End FMG is a European umbrella network of 19 organisations working to ensure sustainable European action to end female genital mutilation.

The Forum aimed to gather NGOs, CSOs, service providers and practitioners, donors, researchers, experts, lawyers, academics, civil servants and activists from worldwide. The programme was shaped around the 4 Ps approach of the Istanbul Convention – Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, Integrated Policies – and, at the same time was structured to explore how to strengthen cooperation between different regions of the world, particularly with regard to cooperation with countries of origin in Africa and Asia; between different sectors and how to foster actions that address various forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) through a holistic approach.

The outcome of the Forum is be a set of conclusions and recommendations targeted to the various audiences, that have a role to play in cross-border, multi-sectoral, holistic actions to tackle FGM, having the added value of being formulated by a multi-stakeholder audience coming from different parts of the world.

The forum was co-funded by the European Commission. B&S Europe collaborated with the EC and END FGM on its organisation.