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Ceremonial knives used in FGM © IRIN/Bryna Hallam
EIGE’s research − the first EU-wide study on FGM − shows that to effectively combat this practice the EU needs a more comprehensive approach, which balances protection, prevention and prosecution. Measures leading to a long-term behavior change among FGM-practicing communities are equally important.
The report presents among its recommendations a suggestion to implement legal provisions to criminalise FGM. It also points out the need for specialised services for victims of gender-based violence, including counseling and shelters. These services are currently insufficient and unequally distributed in and among the EU Member States. The report also calls for more coordination of FGM-related work among stakeholders at regional, national and international levels.
One of the recommendations is to establish a multi-agency cooperation on the protection of girls and women at risk and victims of FGM, and facilitate the exchange of good practices. A network of experts and key actors on gender-based violence – including FGM – should be established.
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