Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. If current trends continue, the United Nations estimates that 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 will be subjected to it by 2030.
As part of its commitment combating Violence Against Women, The Kering Foundation supports local organizations working against FGM in Europe. Among them, Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid. This association was supported in the framework of the Tackling Female Genital Mutilation Initiative, in partnership with Rosa Fund, Trust for London, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation & Comic Relief.
The main objective of the project is to develop the capacity of BSWA professionals to address a deeper emotional and mental health support to FGM survivors through 4 training sessions curated by The Dahlia Project in order to give them the tools to train at their turn health professionals. As a result, the project helped 645 direct beneficiaries and 2000 indirect beneficiaries.
In the French Seine-Saint-Denis department, The Kering Foundation provides its support to La Maison des Femmes, a unique place offering support and counselling to women victims of violence and Female Genital Mutilation. It is through surgery, psychological, sexological and legal support, speaking groups and long-term following that La Maison des Femmes gives a pragmatic answer to the needs of its patients.
The Kering Foundation also supports the work done by Excision Parlons-En! through the EU on-line Platform “United to end FGM”. Developed alongside 11 associations from 9 European countries, this platform enables professionals from a variety of backgrounds (legal, educational, health, police) to access online trainings in 9 different languages.
The platform will be officially launched in France this Monday 6 February 2017 at 5 pm at the Agence Française de Développement. To register, please click here.