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Portugal's High Commission for Migration launches airport campaign to combat FGM

The High Commission for Migration has launched a campaign in Portugal’s airports to prevent and combat female genital mutilation (FGM), alerting and informing the public on the consequences of FGM. The campaign will run until April 21 and thus covers the Easter holidays, a time when migrant girls are likely to visit family in countries where FGM is practised. This campaign is a continuation of earlier work with organisations and professionals for the eradication of FGM.

For the campaign launch, a member of the Board of Directors of the High Commission for Migration, Romualda Fernandes, and the Vice-President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), Carlos Duarte, helped to spread awareness of the initiative at the Lisbon Airport. The campaign is promoted by the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, the CIG and the High Commission for Migration, in partnership with ten civil society organisations. Neusa Trovoada, a designer from INMUNE – Institute of the Black Woman in Portugal, created the graphics for the campaign.

Preventing and combatting harmful practices such as FGM and forced marriage are among the strategic objectives of the Plan of Action for the Prevention and Combatting of Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, which is part of the National Strategy for Equality and Non-Discrimination 2018-2030. FGM is also a crime under the Portuguese Penal Code and a violation of human rights, depriving women and girls of their right to physical and psychological integrity.

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