United to END FGM - European Knowledge Platform for Professionals dealing with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a transnational project funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of 12 partners and 4 associate partners across the EU.
An estimated 500,000 women and girls living in the European Union (EU) are affected by FGM, with a further 180,000 at risk each year. Meeting the needs of these women and girls requires that the asylum, health, social support, legal and judicial, law enforcement, educational and media/communication systems of EU member states offer appropriate and accessible high quality services.
In 2015, the European Commission granted the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) a 24-month project with the aim to develop a European web-based knowledge platform on FGM to serve as a multilingual educational resource. The platform provides easily accessible, culturally appropriate information and support to professionals from diverse backgrounds across the EU with the aim to effectively deliver victim support, raise awareness on FGM, and protect women and girls living with or at risk of FGM.
The United to END FGM (UEFGM) knowledge platform is built around the successful e-learning tool which was produced in an initial project for health and asylum professionals funded by the END FGM Fund 2012 (END FGM European Campaign) and the Human Dignity Foundation, and supported by UNHCR. The United to End FGM e-learning tool, which is featured on the platform, was initiated and coordinated by the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in Cyprus in partnership with Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS) – Italy, Akina Dada Wa Africa (AKIDWA) – Ireland and the Family Planning Association Portugal (APF) – Portugal.
Platform objectives at a glance
The platform aims to:
- develop a European web-based knowledge platform on FGM that will serve as an information and educational resource centre
- offer easily accessible and culturally appropriate information
- support professionals to effectively deliver victim support, protection and prevention programmes
- provide country-specific information on EU member states
- incorporate a human rights approach based on culture- and gender-sensitive perspectives
- ensure targeted awareness-raising, preventing stigmatisation in the media and protecting women and girls living with or at risk of FGM
- contribute to the implementation of the following EU Directives:
- Directive on the rights of the victims of crime (Directive 2012/29/EU)
- Directive on international protection, in particular on qualification (Directive 2004/83/EU)
- Directive on reception conditions (Council Directive 2003/9/EC and Directive 2013/33/EU)