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Consultation on combating female genital mutilation in the EU


Policy field(s)

  • Gender equality
  • Children’s rights
  • Criminal justice
  • Asylum and integration
  • Health
  • EU external actions
  • EU development and cooperation
  • Justice

Target groups

The target groups are: Member States; civil society organisations with an interest in gender equality issues, violence against women, female genital mutilation and/or social issues; equality bodies; and other organisations or individuals.

Period of consultation

This public consultation closed on 30 May.

Objective of the consultation

In this consultation, the European Commission would like to obtain your views on how best to develop measures at EU level to fight female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation is a specific form of violence against women and girls, involving procedures that include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons. It is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15. It is a human rights’ violation and a violation of the rights of the child and it has severe short-term and long-term physical and psychological consequences. Female genital mutilation is practised for various reasons related to religious beliefs, cultural identities, gender roles and social perceptions of sexuality, marriage or health, and is widespread in some specific African, Middle-East and Asian countries. Estimates suggest that hundreds of thousands of women and girls living in Europe have undergone such mutilation and many more are at risk.


Please click on the following link to fill in the questionnaire.

The questionnaire is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Choose your language by clicking on the icon following the link.

Questionnairemsw8(60 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Contributions should be submitted to:


You can submit your contribution in any official EU language. However, to facilitate our analysis and allow easy access to all contributions, we would appreciate it if your contribution was in English.

Length of contribution

To facilitate analysis we would kindly ask you to limit your answers to 200 words per question.

Reference documents and other related consultations

Female genital mutilation in the European Union and Croatia — report by the European Institute for Gender Equality.

Results of consultation

A summary of the main outcomes of the public consultation is available herepdf(429 kB) Choose translations of the previous link .

Contact details

Questions regarding the consultation can be emailed to the address below.
Responsible service: European Commission, Directorate-General for Equality, Gender Equality Unit (JUST D.2)

Data Protection Disclaimer

Incoming contributions will be published on the website. It is possible to request that submissions remain confidential. In this case, contributors should expressly state in their submission that they oppose publication.

For further information on privacy rulings for this public consultation see the following Specific Privacy Statementpdf(77 kB) Choose translations of the previous link .

Replies to the consultation