End FGM/C Canada Network

The End FGM/C Canada Network Mission

The End FGM/C Canada Network is a non-partisan group of individuals and organizations working to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) both in Canada and abroad.

We focus on urging the Canadian government to acknowledge that FGM/C is an issue here too, and to create a National Action Plan to support survivors and to protect girls at risk in Canada. In addition, we work to encourage the Canadian government to take a lead internationally and focus more development aid on the human rights battle to end FGM/C worldwide.

To do this, we bring together our members and other stakeholders to collectively influence the policies and practices of the Canadian government.

 

Are you a survivor, activist, professional or organization working on FGM/C? Do you want to become active to end FGM/C?

JOIN US! Get in touch at endfgmcanadanetwork@gmail.com

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  • September 10, 2019 by

    On Feb 15th, 2019, four Canadian FGM/C activists, Giselle Portenier, Farzana Doctor, Malaika Somji and Klara Hillmann met in Vancouver to connect. Concerned about the lack of action, coordination and communication on the issue, they decided to form a network. On March 8th, 2019, they launched the network! In May, 2019, the Steering Committee was… Read more

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Contact us at endfgmcanadanetwork@gmail.com

Membership is open to organizations and individuals who are

  • based in Canada
  • actively engaged in working on the issue of FGM/C or intending to be actively engaged
  • aligned with and committed to supporting the Network’s values

Each voting member is eligible to participate in member listservs, access member-only events and materials, participate on working groups and discussion groups, and serve on the Steering Committee when vacancies arise.

Organizations with multiple members shall appoint one voting representative for the organization.

International Membership is open to organizations and individuals who are

  • not based in Canada
  • actively engaged in working on the issue of FGM/C
  • aligned with and committed to supporting the Network’s values

International members may participate in member listservs, access member-only events and materials, and participate on working groups and discussion groups. International members are not eligible to vote in Network elections.

There is no membership fee. 

Alignment with the Network’s values is critical. For example, organizations that tie the FGM/C issue to an anti-immigration or religious discrimination agenda are not appropriate members of the Network.

Our Values

Human-Rights Approach: The End FGM/C Canada Network is grounded in a human rights approach. We consider FGM/C to be an extremely harmful practice, a form of gender-based violence, and a violation of the fundamental rights of girls, women, and non-binary children/adults. We are aligned with the United Nations’ policy of zero tolerance for FGM.

Diversity: We are an inclusive organization and value diverse backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, services and sectors.

Respect: We believe in solidarity between organizations and we respect one another and engage in respectful and thoughtful dialogue.

Anti-discrimination: In our efforts to end FGM/C, we believe in approaching the issue with sensitivity towards individuals and communities, and we reject any form of discrimination and racism.

Supporting empowerment: We deeply value listening to, prioritizing, and honouring survivors of FGM/C and girls at risk, and we are committed to elevating their voices as Network members. We value the voices of youth and grassroot organizations and support their work through the Network’s collective efforts.

Collective efforts: We bring together individuals and organizations to stand together to end FGM/C, to share information, exchange promising practices, amplify our efforts and voices, and work together to urge the Canadian government to take effective action.

Trauma-informed: We work with an awareness of the varied physical, social, and emotional impacts of trauma caused by FGM/C on individuals (including survivors, activists and professionals) and communities. We value self-care and community care of our members and volunteers.

 

 

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