Magazine article Forced Migration Review

Mini-Feature on FGM and Asylum in Europe Editors' Introduction

Magazine article Forced Migration Review

Mini-Feature on FGM and Asylum in Europe Editors' Introduction

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The issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) has become a rallying point for advocacy and legal challenge both within some of the societies where it is practised and elsewhere, particularly in countries where members of those societies have come to live but where the practice is seen as an abuse of girls and women and of their rights

This FMR mini-feature addresses some of the issues relating to the practice of FGM in respect of asylum. Of necessity - but also by choice - we have included some material on the practice of FGM itself. The focus is on asylum in Europe in particular, and this mini-feature has been produced in collaboration with UNFICR's Bureau for Europe. However, it is obvious - and right - that the implications are applicable beyond the borders of Europe

The mini-feature is also available (in English) as a stand-alone pdf at www.fmreview.org/climatechangedisasters/FGM.pdf; for French, Spanish and Arabic versions, please visit www.fmreview.org/ climatechange-disasters and click on the appropriate language tab. We encourage you to use and disseminate it widely.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial ortotal removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs, carried outfortraditional, cultural or religious reasons. …

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