The two year project “Developing National Action Plans to Prevent and Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation in the European Union” - which was implemented by the European Network for the Prevention of FGM (EuroNet-FGM), had the principle objective to determine priority areas for action on female genital mutilation (FGM) in the 15 participating countries.
This Daphne project placed FGM on the agenda in Europe to help European countries to better coordinate their actions and/or to define priorities for future actions. It was designed to benefit young girls at risk of FGM.
To achieve this goal, national steering committees were established in the 15 participating countries, in order to discuss priorities for action, and to develop a national action plan. In case a National Action Plan already existed, the national steering committee discussed implementation strategies. Each country also organised a national public event, to put FGM on the agenda and to launch the National Action Plan.
New action plans were developed in 8 countries: Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, UK, Germany and Italy. Four countries already had plans (Belgium, France, Netherlands, Norway) but succeeded in raising the issue of FGM, or gave new inputs to an existing plan (the Netherlands).
At the end of the project, an international conference in the European Parliament was organised. At that meeting, several Ministers and State Secretaries from participating countries presented their National Action Programs to prevent FGM to a broad audience represented by members of EuroNet-FGM, the Inter-African Committee’s national committees in Africa, the World Health Organisation, the European Commission’s Daphne Programme and the European Parliament. The declaration that was adopted at the end of the conference and the EP resolutions confirmed that FGM is violation of women’s rights that can never be justified in the name of culture, religion or tradition.
The project had a positive impact on the development of long term networks at national level, as well as at European level.