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Fighting FGM in Europe. Increasing the impact of policies against Female Genital Mutilations Brussels, 10 December 2020, European Parliament

“Fighting FGM in Europe. Increasing the impact of policies against Female Genital Mutilations”

Brussels, 10 December 2020, 10h00-12h00, European Parliament, Room SPINELLI 1G3 (BRU)
Event hosted by Hon. Alessandra Moretti and Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Members of the European Parliament

The event will present a set of evidence-based Recommendations addressed to national and EU stakeholders on legal and political responses to FGM in Europe. The Recommendations were developed on the basis of a comparative study produced in the context of the a three-year project conducted in Belgium, Italy and France, drawing from both field work and multiple rounds of consultations, including national roundtables held in Brussels, Rome and Paris and a stakeholders’ consultation held at the European Parliament in Brussels in February this year.

Due to the current COVID-19 emergency, the event will be hosted at the European Parliament, but participation will be online.  Please register to receive access credentials to take part.

Interpretation available in Arabic, English, French and Italian.


10:00 Introduction by the co-hosts:
– Hon. Alessandra Moretti, MEP
– Hon. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, MEP

10:10 Recommendations to strengthen the fight against FGM in Europe:
Chair: Gianfranco Dell’Alba, President, No Peace Without Justice

– Ilaria Boiano, Lawyer, Differenza Donna
– Khady Koita, President, La Palabre
– Pierre Foldès, President, Women Safe
– Giulia Schiavoni, Gender and Human Rights Program, No Peace Without Justice
– Emanuela Zuccalà, author of “UNCUT” exhibition

10:40 Roundtable “European Institutions’ response to FGM”
Interventions of:

– Irena Moozova, Director at for Equality and Union Citizenship, DG JUST
– Frances Fitzgerald, MEP
– Maria Noichl, MEP
– Pina Picierno, MEP
– Carlien Scheele, Director of EIGE (TBC)
– Simona Lanzoni, Second Vice – President of GREVIO (Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence), Council of Europe

11.30     Presentation of the informal European Parliament Inter-Group on FGM
by Hon. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana

11.40      Debate
– Ifrah Ahmed, activist, high profile supporter UNHCR
– Alaa Ellidir, Head of Department about social norms and harmful practice in National Council for Child Welfare, Sudan

12.00      Conclusions
Hon. Alessandra Moretti



BEFORE PROJECT (Best practices to Empower women against Female genital mutilation, Operating for Rights and legal Efficacy), an initiative implemented by No Peace Without Justice (Italy), Differenza Donna (Italy), Women Safe – Institut de Santé Génésique (France) and La Palabre (Belgium)



Co-funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)


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