Female genital cutting (FGC) is not indigenous to European countries, however girls and women in many diaspora, refugee and migrant populations are known to be affected by the practice. It is estimated that 180,000 girls in Europe are at risk of being cut every year.
There are no national statistics gathered on FGC in Europe, however there are a number of small scale studies available via our country profiles.
Source: End FGM European Network
Progress and challenges
There is a strong, growing movement of activists and grassroots work to end FGC in some European countries.
Many European countries have put legal frameworks in place, to demonstrate a commitment to ending FGC, however there are many obstacles to prosecutions.
A lack of research and data on FGC in Europe continues to present a challenge to ending the practice, as the full scale of the issue is unknown.
Support for grassroots community work is often scarce, and a lack of funding is a challenge to progress, as it is vital for affected communities to be involved in efforts to end FGC.Find out more via our country profiles.
At least 4.1 million girls around the world are currently at risk of being cut every year.
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