Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
66119 Saarbrücken 66119
(I)NTACT eV is an aid organization dedicated to the right of girls and women to an intact body. For almost twenty years, we have been successfully fighting the cruel tradition of female genital mutilation in Africa.
The association was founded at the beginning of 1996 in Saarbrücken. The occasion for the engagement and the founding of the association was an official visit by our chairman Christa Müller in Benin, where she learned about the suffering of the girls and women concerned. She was asked for help by the wife of the then Benin state president, and she began to raise funds to support local initiatives against the cruel ritual in Benin.
Since its inception, the association has been able to protect numerous girls in West Africa from mutilation. In Benin, an important success was achieved in 2005: the end of the tradition of female circumcision was solemnly proclaimed in a state act. In 2012, the people of Togo were able to celebrate the abolition of tradition.
African Women’s Organization in Vienna
The African Women’s Organization in Vienna is a non-governmental organization established in 1996 by African women from Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt and other African countries. Membership is open to all interested in the welfare of women. It works jointly with other non-governmental organizations as well as government agencies and offices involved with the welfare of women and immigrants.
Objectives of the Organization
The main objectives of the Organization include:
Creating awareness and appreciation of the various political, economic, social and traditional problems women face in different societies;
Creating and promoting understanding and accommodation among different cultures and societies in the community;
Assisting and providing consultancy in the integration of immigrant women.
Promotion of good and beneficial cultures and traditions.
Campaigning against harmful traditional practices affecting the health of women and children.
Integration and promotion of culture:
The Organization carries out cultural exchanges, traditional shows, exhibitions, seminars, discussions to implement this programme.
Campaign against harmful traditional practices:
Since 1998 the campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) became the organization’s area of priority. Its aim is through awareness and change of values prevent its practice among immigrant population originating from FGM risk countries.
Updating the status of FGM practice among immigrants in Austria.
Creating awareness and understanding of the nature and magnitude of the problem both among the local community and immigrants. It is a continuous and target specific exercise and addresses various aspects of FGM: origin and justification, health and medical consequences, political, legal, social and cultural aspects.
Provide information and resource material to students, researchers and media people.
Provide consultation to FGM victims.
Prepare an FGM training aid kit and train trainers.
Strengthen communication and cooperation with FGM European network.
Membership and cooperation
The African Women’s Organization is a sector of the Inter-African Committee and its representative in Austria. It is a member of the European FGM Network. In the past, A.W.O. has also, in partnership with RISK (Sweden) and VON (the Netherlands), run a EU Daphne funded project.
Martin-Luther Str. 35
D-60389 Frankfurt/M. D-60389
Foundation for Women’s Health, Research, and Development
There are numerous forms of ritual violence that women and girls are subjected to worldwide. Violence and violations of human rights that are inflicted on them include, among others, the mutilation of their genitals, in the language of the World Health Organization: female genital mutilation: FGM.
Our international and non-profit organization was established in 1998 to engage globally in ending this harmful form of traditional practices. We support the most diverse projects in the prevalent countries, which are suitable to strengthen women and are active in the country to support women who have suffered FGM as well as girls who are at risk.
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Our mission is the Worldwide Eradication of FGM.
WHAT IS FGM/C
FGM/C stands for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, aka Female Circumcision
Defined As The Ritual Removal Of Some Or All Of The External Female Genitalia
Classified In Four Types By Degrees Of Severity From Cutting To Mutilation
Typically Carried Out By A Traditional Circumciser Using A Razor Blade
Usually Without Anesthesia
WHERE IS IT PRACTICED
Widely In 27 African Countries, Yemen And Iraqi Kurdistan
Extensively In Asia And The Middle East
Regularly Within Diaspora Communities Around The Globe
WHERE IS IT MOST PREVALENT
40 Million Women In Egypt Today Live With The Effects Of FGM/C
98% Of Women In Somalia Receive The Severest Type III Or IV FGM/C
ON WHOM IS IT PRACTICED
Exclusively On Young Girls Often Within Days After Birth And Most Usually Prior To Puberty
In 2011 Alone, (Latest Available UNICEF Statistics), Over 23 Million Girls Were Cut
TO WHAT EXTENT
UN Estimates 200 Million Girls And Women Worldwide Are Living With The Physical And Psychological Effects Of Female (FGM/C)
WHO Estimates More Than 20 Million Girls Remain At Risk Annually
AMNESTY Estimates Over 180 Thousand Girls Within The Western Diaspora Are Also Annually Cut
RISK – Riksföreningen stoppa kvinnlig könsstympning arbetar för att motarbeta kvinnlig könsstympning, KKS.
RISK är en ideell organisation som är politiskt och religiöst neutral. RISK har en styrelse med 9 medlemmar från olika länder i Afrika liksom från Sverige.
Flickors och kvinnors låga status är ett grundläggande problem. Därför driver RISK sitt arbete med information om de hälsoproblem könsstympningen medför samtidigt som vi informerar om kvinnors och barns rättigheter enligt FN:s konventioner.
Sverige har haft en lag emot omskärelsen sedan 1982. 1999 skärptes straffsatserna och ingreppet kallas könsstympning. Numera kan man också straffa den som låter göra ingreppet i ett annat land, oavsett hur det landets lagstiftning ser ut. Lagen har ännu aldrig lett till att någon straffats i Sverige.
RISK utbildar informatörer som arbetar i invandrartäta förorter för att sprida information på det egna språket. De arbetar inom familjecentraler, öppna förskolor, mödra- och barnavårdscentraler liksom via sina egna föreningar. Inom RISK genomförs översättningar av informationsmaterial till olika afrikanska språk. RISK har lokala grupper runt om i landet, Göteborg, Karlstad, Nyköping, Stockholm, Uppsala, Umeå och Växjö.
RISK deltar i ett nationellt övergripande arbete kring den kvinnliga könsstympningen bl.a. genom ett nätverk som vi tagit initiativ till. RISK deltar i möten och konferenser inom landet som har med könsstympning och angränsande ämnen och organiserar också egna seminarier, ibland i samarbete med andra organisationer. Press och media bevakar denna fråga och har ofta artiklar i ämnet. Ett ökande antal elever i olika utbildningar gör uppsatser och specialarbeten om KKS och RISK hjälper till med information.
RISKs stadgar (PDF-dokument)
D-40225 Düsseldorf D-40225
The main focus of our work is with the help of affected women and the protection of girls from the mutilation of their genitals. We carry out projects in Germany and in the Somalian region of Puntland. In North Rhine-Westphalia, we have the only counseling center for women and girls who are affected or threatened by genital dissection. We go to the schools and clarify to young people about the topic of female genital circumcision. We also organize apprenticeships for educational, medical and legal specialists in order to inform and raise awareness. In Somalia, we are building a women’s clinic and conducting reconnaissance campaigns, re-training of female mothers and a school project for refugee children.
13355 Berlin 13355
TERRE DES FEMMES (TDF) is a German non-profit women’s rights organisation. We are committed to ensuring that girls and women can live a free, safe, and self-determined life while holding equal and inalienable rights regarding all aspects of life. Our aim is to raise public awareness by means of education and advocacy, campaigning and lobbying, international networking, and individual personal assistance. We also promote a number of independent and local self-help projects abroad.
In June, 2014, TERRE DES FEMMES adopted the Feminist Mission Statement, that forms the basis of the previous and future work of the organisation.
TDF deals with a big variety of subjects through its five focus areas: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), honour crimes, domestic violence, women trafficking, and virginity myths. Our current activities include, among many others, the annual film festival “FrauenWelten” (Women’s Worlds) in Tübingen and the “flag campaign”, a nationwide initiative on 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.