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Free from Fear, Free from Pain: Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

Woensdag 27 januari 2016 10:00-16:30 | NH Brussels Carrefour de l'Europe - Grasmarkt 110 1000 Brussels
Free from Fear, Free from Pain: Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

Free from Fear, Free from Pain: Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe, Brussels

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Key speaker: Assita Kanko
Author of “Because you are a girl: story of a circumcised life”

Municipal Councillor in Ixelles, Brussels

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UNICEF estimates that more than 125 million girls and women around the world have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice which consists in the partial or total removal of female genitalia for nonmedical purposes.

During recent years, FGM has gained considerable attention in the EU, with the European Parliament estimating that 500,000 girls and women living in Europe have been subjected to FGM while 180,000 are at risk every year.

The Istanbul Convention, also known as the Council of Europe Convention, appears as the first European Treaty specifically devoted to specifically addressing violence against women, including female genital mutilation. Set in 2014, the Istanbul Convention obliges States Parties to accelerate preventive measures to protect and support FGM affected women and girls.

This timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to gain an understanding of the current EU legal framework and what more needs to be done to eradicate FGM. The symposium will also examine how a multi-sector approach can be strengthened, and explore issues around prevention, the importance of specialist services and the greater role of health and education providers in ensuring better awareness and early intervention.

For further details, please refer to the enclosed event abstract and programme.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).

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