The Swedish Institute Alexandria, in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund, is holding an Expert Group Meeting, 19-20 November entitled “Building Bridges to End Female Genital Mutilation”.
21 experts from Egypt, Iraq, and Yemen will discuss the means to prevent FGM (procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons) that is an internationally recognized violation of human rights of girls and women.
During the meeting the experts will have an open discussion on “ The main trends of FGM in the MENA region, looking at the main successes and challenges in mitigating FGM in the MENA region”, a panel discussion on “FGM: Root causes, social determinants and context”, a panel on “Mitigating FGM: Policy, Law Enforcement and Medicalization”. An important part of the program will be dedicated for exchanging experiences, where every national group will present the best practices, the lessons learned, and what recommendations could be extracted.
This meeting comes as part of the UNFPA and the Swedish Institute aims to support a call for regional and national actions to accelerate the abandonment of the practice using as reference the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Joint Programme on FGM. This meeting is aiming to produce a road map with recommendations for accelerating the abandonment of FGM in Egypt, Iraq, and Yemen.