COVID-19 and FGM: An End FGM EU survey on the pandemic impact on women, girls and organisations

End FGM EU has conducted an internal survey among our Members and Ambassadors around their work in Europe and beyond ...

Impact on women and girls at risk

In terms of impact on women and girls at risk, there are several factors to consider which might heighten it or lower it depending on the national and community context. Among the factors of increased risk, there are:

  • The confinement at home and the disruption of protection measures for girls which might put them in jeopardy. Specifically in places where communities live in shared houses with compatriots, it might be easier to get a cutter in.
  • The fact that in some countries schools are not reopening until September means enough time to heal wounds and let the violation pass undetected.
  • In some other countries, there are cases of missing children who are not responding to messages from schools since the lockdown, which have mainly migrant background. Those children might be exposed to violations, which would also pass undetected and not reported.

On the other hand, a main factor of decreased risk, specifically for the European context, is the temporary travel ban, which definitely lowers the chances of FGM being carried out abroad during the holiday season. (...)


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