Around the world, more than 200 million are living with the consequences of FGM and 3 million girls are at risk of being cut each year. An estimated 500,000 women and girls living in the 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, 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 funding for a 24-month project to develop a European web-based knowledge platform on FGM, building upon the successful results of the United to END FGM E-learning Course coordinated and launched by the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in 2013. UEFGM Knowledge Platform aims to serve as an EU-wide multilingual information and educational resource centre, providing easily accessible and culturally appropriate information and support to professionals from diverse backgrounds across the EU, to effectively deliver victim support, raise awareness of FGM, and protect women and girls living with or at risk of FGM. UEFGM is cost-free and it is now going live! It will serve as an information and educational resource centre and offer easily accessible and culturally appropriate information. The UEFGM e-learning course aims to raise awareness of and improve knowledge about FGM amongst health professionals and asylum officers working in Europe, including midwives, gynaecologists, paediatricians, nurses, health visitors, medical and nursing students, judges, asylum case and reviewing authority officers, asylum support-centre staff, police, child protection officers, social workers and related NGOs. UEFGM offers: * support to professionals to effectively deliver victim support, protection and prevention programmes * country-specific information on EU member states * a human rights approach based on culture- and gender-sensitive perspectives * targeted awareness-raising, preventing stigmatisation in the media and protecting women and girls living with or at risk of FGM The UEFGM European Knowledge Platform has been launched on 3 February 2017 in Malta within the framework of the Conference entitled ‘European Union responses to gender-based violence: an intersectional perspective’, under the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. National launch events will follow in Cyprus, Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Ireland, UK and Sweden. REGISTER NOW AT WWW.UEFGM.ORG ! Check out: * The UEFGM leaflet in leaflet in English! [also available in 8 more languages] @ www.uefgm.org * The UEFGM promotional video in English! [also available in 8 more languages] @ www.uefgm.org Note: United to END FGM: European Knowledge Platform for Professionals Dealing with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a transnational project co-funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of 12 partners and four associate partners across the European Union (EU). The United to END FGM (UEFGM) knowledge platform builds on the United to End FGM e-learning tool 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 was initiated and coordinated by the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in Cyprus, in partnership with the Italian Association for Women in Development (AIDOS) in Italy, Akina Dada Wa Africa (AKIDWA) in Ireland and the Family Planning Association Portugal (APF). For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.