Europäische Fachkonferenz “Free from Fear, Free from Pain”

Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

Date: Wednesday 27th January 2016
Time: 10:00am — 4:30pm
Venue: NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe

According to the European Parliament estimates, 500,000 girls and women living in the EU have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), while further 180,000 are at risk every year. Most of the girls are circumcised before the age of 5, which leads to physical, emotional and psychological trauma throughout their lives. The practice of FGM is originally common in numerous African countries, as well as in parts of Asia and Middle East. Nonetheless, due to increasing migration flows, the practice is no longer restricted to the traditional practising geographical areas. In these communities, FGM defines cultural identities and gender-roles, as the practice is thought to enhance the girl’s femininity, often synonymous with docility and obedience.