Working to end FGM in Ireland
ActionAid Ireland continues to champion education surrounding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Ireland. ActionAid Ireland is currently a member of the National Steering Committee on FGM.
What is FGM
FGM refers to all procedures that involve the partial or total destruction of the external female genitalia. Or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. In some countries around the world, mainly in parts of Africa Asia and the Middle East FGM is a harmful cultural practice and an extreme form of sanctioned violence and discrimination against women.
Statistics on FGM in Ireland
FGM is a global problem that constitutes a severe violation of fundamental rights and dignity. It is estimated to affect at least 200 million women and girls around the world, although the exact figure remains unknown.
Women and girls living in Europe are most at risk of FGM when they return to their countries of origin during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas. In Ireland, it is estimated that 5,790 women have experienced FGM and a further 3,253 girls may currently be at risk.
Before the implementation of Phase 1 of the Against FGM through Empowerment & Rejection (AFTER) project, 1 in 5 interviewees in Cork City and county stated that they were not aware that FGM was illegal in Ireland. In addition, less than 30% of AFTER participants had received training on FGM as part of general training on reducing violence against women.