Men and Women Together

 
 Photo: Pierre-Michel Virot

The Global Alliance against FGM is a French association (law 1901) cofounded in 2010 by a Canadian-German couple. The organization is based in St Jean de Gonville, France and has an office in Geneva. Located in the heart of the International Geneva, it is close to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Liaison office of UNESCO, the United Nations and the Permanent Missions. In Geneva, the GA-FGM maintains its relations with the Geneva University (UNIGE), the University Hospitals (HUG), the Office for International Solidarity, Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Office for the Promotion of Gender Equality and Prevention of Violence (BPEV) and the Swiss Press Club. The GA-FGM collaborates with organizations and individuals all over the world and promotes an international solidarity in the fight to end violence against women and children.

Many organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) have been fighting against the traditional practice of female genital mutilation of babies, young girls and women.

After more than four decades of efforts, the Key role of men has finally been brought into focus. Men are fathers, brothers, cousins and husbands-to-be of FGM victims. They are religious leaders, heads of villages, families and clans. They are opinion leaders and the guardians of traditions. They hold key positions in politics, law and economics. But when it comes to FGM and its eradication, they are rather reluctant.
 
Since 2009, conferences and events took place, focusing on men who said "NO" to Female Genital Mutilation. They are still a minority and it took them a lot of courage to be heard.

 
The Global Alliance against FGM's ambition is to accelerate the total elimination of traditional violence against women wordlwide. Action must be taken hand in hand by men and women, along with all concerned organizations. There is a growing necessity to address global challenge through global action.
 
For us as a structure that advocates for mutual support and strengthened grassroot work it is a priority to develop tools that help optimize the efforts to end FGM on each level: local, regional, national and international.
 
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