FGM/C as a form of violence against women and girls

Moving towards a world free of gender violence is a global commitment, which begins with work at a local level. This mission involves considering and understanding the different manifestations of violence that affect the multicultural range of women residing in Spain, among which is female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), to be able to prosecute the struggle through the most appropriate legal mechanisms.

It is in this context, the Office of the Prosecutor for the Violence against Women, together with the Center for Legal Studies, have organized the course Gender Violence in the light of the latest reforms. Some practical problems, which takes place in Madrid on December 4th and 5th. In this meeting, the Foundation Wassu director, Adriana Kaplan, will participate in a round table where she will discuss about FGM/C, the Spanish legal framework around the issue, the Prevention Protocol that is implemented in Catalonia and the model proposed by the Foundation Wassu.

In Spain, up to last year, there were 69,086 women and girls from countries where FGM/C is carried out, a traditional ancestral practice carried out mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, internationally recognized as an extreme violation of human rights, which perpetuates gender inequality and discrimination, seriously affecting the health and well-being of 200 million women in the world and at risk of suffering 3 million girls each year (UNICEF 2016).