The Network against Female Genital Cutting Switzerland operates an information portal on FGM/C, gives advice and support to both people affected by it and professionals, engages in prevention work in the communities concerned, raises awareness among professionals and develops regional contact points. The Network promotes networking and ensures low-threshold access to information.
Network against Female Genital Cutting Switzerland
As a result of the Federal Council’s decision in the autumn of 2015 to strengthen Switzerland’s engagement in combating FGM/C, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPA) and the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) commissioned the project 'Measures against Female Genital Mutilation, FGM, 2016 – 2019'. Caritas Switzerland, TERRE DES FEMMES Switzerland (TDF), the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights (SCHR) and SEXUAL HEALTH Switzerland (SHCH) formed an alliance for this purpose. Its aim is to protect girls and women from female genital cutting and to ensure medical care for those who have been subjected to it. The Swiss confederation has guaranteed further financial support until June 2021.
The flyer and the annual reports are also available in French and Italian.
What does the Network do?
- Develops and operates a website: The newly created website provides access to information and contact points for people affected by FGM/C and professionals.
- Provides advice and information to people affected and to professionals: There are contact points where both people affected by FGM/C and professionals can obtain advice. Regional contact points for people affected and for professionals are also being established.
- Raises awareness among professionals: It trains professionals and institutions from relevant areas, enhancing expertise in dealing with the topic.
- Community work: It supports prevention work with migration groups affected by female genital cutting. It organises events aimed at raising awareness of FGM/C issues, in cooperation with key members of the diasporas. It offers regular continuing training and coaching for peer educators doing this community work.
- Networking: It intensifies networking on the issue throughout Switzerland. The Network’s activities are supported by a broad-based advisory group.
- Basic materials and resources: It develops basic materials and resources relating to the topic.
- Project pool: Migrant men and women receive financial support through selected projects on FGM/C.