In June 2019 civil society organisations, champions, survivors and other grassroots representatives came together at the Women Deliver conference to develop a global Call to Action to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). The Call to Action was the result of several months of global consultation via an online survey.

Be part of the Global Platform for Action to End FGM/C

Let’s unite forces and call for urgent action to accelerate ending FGM/C by 2030.  The Global Platform for Action will utilise support for the call to action to advocate for greater prioritisation, resourcing and action to end FGM/C.

Sign the call to action today.

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PREAMBLE 

  • FGM/C is a violation of the human rights of women and girls and must be ended in all its forms
  • We need to make FGM/C a global priority, in the same way the global community responded to other global epidemics, such as HIV/AIDs 

SUPPORTING CHANGE FROM WITHIN - CHALLENGING SOCIAL AND GENDER NORMS

  • We share a vision of a world free from FGM/C and will work in partnership with each other, all communities, governments, donors, multilateral bodies and others to end the practice by 2030 in line with the SDGs 
  • Whole communities must be mobilised and empowered at the grassroots level if we are to end FGM/C – women and girls, men and boys, traditional and religious leaders, health workers 
  • Ending FGM/C requires addressing the root causes of gender inequality at the community level, including gender stereotypes, unequal power relations, and negative social norms 

STRENGTHENING THE EVIDENCE BASE THROUGH CRITICAL RESEARCH

  • Fill the knowledge gap on FGM/C survivors’  specific needs, impact on economic empowerment, and behaviour change around emerging trends such as medicalisation and lower ages of cutting 
  • Use community-based participatory approaches within research efforts and ensure that research results and data are synthesised for communities to use 
  • Create, test, and implement standardised universal indicators that are informed by context specific measures and demand country-level reporting 

IMPROVING WELLBEING VIA SUPPORT AND SERVICES FOR SURVIVORS

  • More support is needed for survivors in various forms, including security and protection for survivors, targeted research and resources to enable health and emotional wellbeing
  • Enable the transformative power of survivors and survivor-led networks through support to connect with each other, other gender-based violence movements and capacity build 

ADDRESSING EMERGING TRENDS AROUND FGM/C

  • We need an integrated, intersectional approach to ending FGM/C recognising the connections with other forms of gender-based violence and linking with existing movements 
  • We are committed to working with religious leaders, health workers and governments to respond to adaptations to the practice which continue to violate women’s rights, such as medicalisation, cross-border practices, and lowering the age at which FGM/C is carried out 

INCREASING RESOURCES TO ACHIEVE THE GLOBAL GOAL

  • We call on all stakeholders to prioritise resources towards grassroots and community-led programmes. Funds should be more flexible, sustainable and accessible for communities and grassroots and capacity building should be provided as well as networks 
  • Investment is needed in better research into what is working and what is not to end FGM/C. This research needs to be participatory and involve multiple stakeholders and should be made available and accessible 
  • We are focused on coming together and working collaboratively to address what existing gaps there are, what are the costs of FGM/C, and what do we need to end this globally 

JOIN US

Sign the Global Call to Action to End FGM/C! By collaborating and unifying our voices we can accelerate progress to end FGM/C by 2030, and help achieve SDG 5.3 (eliminate harmful practices).