16.05.2017 Information platform sheds light on female genital cutting
Female genital cutting. In Switzerland, around 14,700 women and girls are affected by or threatened with female genital cutting (FGM/C). For the first time, a nationwide Swiss platform is providing key information for those affected and also for professionals, thereby helping to prevent this practice. The Federal Office of Public Health FOPH is supporting this important matter since 2003.
On the internet platform, those affected and at risk plus their families can find information on the impact of female genital mutilation. Professionals can also use the website to find specific background information and practical assistance on the subject of FGM/C. The website is available in German, French, Italian, English, Somalian and Tigrinya.
The information platform is being funded by the Swiss Network against female genital cutting. This Network was launched by the following organizations: CARITAS SCHWEIZ, TERRE DES FEMMES SCHWEIZ, SEXUELLE GESUNDHEIT SCHWEIZ and the SWISS CENTRE OF EXPERTISE IN HUMAN RIGHTS.
The Federal Office of Public Health FOPH is supporting the Network activities in providing information, consulting and prevention from 2016 to 2019.
Sabina Hösli, Federal Office of Public Health FOPH, section Health Equity, Tel. +41 (0)58 464 20 74, firstname.lastname@example.org