Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

For the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation. Photo:  © fotolia - poco_bwFor the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation.
Photo: © fotolia - poco_bw
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined as the partial or total removal of outer female genital parts for non-medical reasons. UNICEF estimates that currently more than 200 Million women and girls in 30 countries have been genitally mutilated. However, this number can only be understood as a rough estimate, as precise prevalence studies currently still do not exist for many countries. The actual rate could therefore be up to twice as high.

Female Genital Mutilation constitutes a severe violation of human rights. Survivors of FGM often suffer from grave physical and psychological consequences throughout their lives after the procedure.

For a long time, Female Genital Mutilation has been considered a solely African phenomenon. This conception has experienced a fundamental paradigm shift in recent years. Today, it is general knowledge that different forms of FGM are not only practised in 29 African countries, but also in some regions in the Middle East, in Asia and in South America. In addition, the practice is spreading worldwide through migration. As a result, the European Parliament estimates that in EU countries alone 500.000 girls and women have suffered FGM, and another 180.000 are endangered of being cut.

Also in Germany, women and girls are exposed to the risk of being genitally mutilated secretly inside the country, or taken abroad and forced to undergo the procedure.

Therefore, you can find information on Female Genital Mutilation, on areas of distribution, on prevention and on support for those affected by FGM on this page.

In this way, you can contribute to help ensure girls are able grow up free and unscathed and women who have had to suffer a violation of their human rights experience support, sensibility and interest.

Please support our commitment against this human rights violation!

We have committed ourselves to ensure the United Nations resolution on the abolishment of Female Genital Mutilation is implemented everywhere. We work on guaranteeing that professionals and the interested parties know enough about the subject in order to protect endangered women and girls. We want to give the many thousands of affected women and girls living in Germany a voice and stand up for their interests. We ensure that politicians recognize the relevance this subject has for a just, healthy and equal society. Because where FGM is ignored and trivialized, the practice continues.

Only together can we overcome Female Genital Mutilation – please help us!