ICRH Kenya

European Network for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

Team members:
Els Leye; Marleen Temmerman; Piret Esken; Jamila Said Musse


Main objective:

  •  To set up a European network for the prevention of female genital mutilation on the girl child, young women and women in Europe

Specific objectives:

  • To exchange information and experiences and disseminating models of good practice at community level
  • To harmonise various training and management guidelines of circumcised/infibulated women currently available for health professionals
  • To harmonise research efforts in Europe


  • To implement the final recommendations as formulated in the Daphne project “Towards a consensus on FGM in the EU”
  • To harmonise training and management guidelines for health care professionals in Europe (unit 1)
  • To exchange educational material, experiences and models of good practice at community level (unit 2)
  • To harmonise research efforts on FGM in Europe (unit 3)


Unit 1: Health care level: activities

  • Collection of existing guidelines in Europe (hospitals, national associations of health professionals, etc.) on clinical management of women with FGM and culturally sensitive care for women
  • Organisation of two expert group meetings to review and evaluate guidelines on clinical management of women with FGM
  • Development of a framework for qualitative, culturally sensitive care for women with FGM in the EU

Unit 2: Non-governmental organisations, governmental bodies and community based organisations

  • Organisation of a workshop for exchanging materials and best practices and for dissemination of practical project work examples (on issues of finding donor agencies, media campaigns, training and education, …)
  • Development of a database on available materials at the co-ordinating centre
  • Update of existing database of resource persons and organisation, developed during the Daphne project “Towards a consensus on FGM in the EU”

Unit 3: Academic level

  • Collection of research priorities of each party involved
  • Organisation of a meeting to discuss research topics and priorities
  • Development of a research agenda


  • A European network for the Prevention of FGM has been established. Members of the Network include health care professionals, members of the affected communities, social workers, researchers, NGOs and CBOs, governmental organisations, interested individuals, etc.
  • A database with educational material has been developed.
  • A database on resource persons in Europe was updated
  • A framework for training of health professionals on FGM related issues and a framework for developing guidelines for caring of women with FGM has been developed
  • A research agenda with priorities in research on FGM in Europe has been developed
  • An e-mailing list has been set up with all persons and organisations that expressed interest in being informed of activities concerning the prevention of FGM in Europe.