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Pilot project aims to end female genital mutilation in Portugal (Unofficial translation)

Organisers of the pilot project Healthy Practices: End to Female Genital Mutilation presented it before government officials and policymakers on 7 November 2018 in the Municipality of Amadora. This pilot project aims to prevent and fight the practice of female genital mutilation by raising awareness among health professionals. It will also provide information to the public concerning the health risks of female genital mutilation.

The Healthy Practices project will be implemented in five groups of health centres in 10 municipalities of the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (Alcochete, Barreiro, Moita and Montijo, Almada-Seixal, Amadora, Loures-Odivelas, and Sintra), where Portugal’s highest concentration of foreign nationals reside. In 2017, these 10 municipalities accounted for 29.6% of the total number of third-country nationals legally residing in Portugal and 53.8% of third-country nationals living in the metropolitan area.

Moreover, a 2016 project coordinated by Professor Manuel Lisboa (New University of Lisbon) and funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology found out that two-thirds of the migrant women who had undergone female genital mutilation or cutting resided in the District of Lisbon, and 14% lived in District of Setúbal, part of which incorporates the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon.

Despite being a pilot project, the presence at the announcement in Amadora of the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, the Secretary of State of Health, the High Commission for Migration, the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, and the Director of the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Tagus Valley shows the priority given to this issue. The High Commission for Migration, Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, and the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Tagus Valley also signed a protocol for cooperation on this pilot project.

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