▷ Genital Mutilation: Breaking the Silence / There is a Great Need for Education – Plan …


01.02.2022 – 08:55

Plan International Germany registered association

Hamburg (ots)

A short procedure with lifelong consequences: more than 200 million girls and women in this world have their genitals circumcised. The UN Day against Female Genital Mutilation on February 6 draws attention to the suffering of those affected. The children’s rights organization Plan International, which has also been active against female genital mutilation in Germany for almost fifteen years, has now created an up-to-date guide that is aimed specifically at endangered and affected girls and women in Germany.

“Female genital cutting is a massive violation of human rights,” says Kathrin Hartkopf, spokeswoman for the management of Plan International Germany. “The affected girls and women must not be left alone. In order to reach them, they need to know that we have advice and help in Germany. We have made it our task to break the silence and educate people about female genital mutilation here in Germany as well. This also includes raising awareness of how to deal with those who are at risk and affected. Only if we treat other cultures with care can we succeed in persuading practicing communities to abandon this harmful tradition in the long term.”

With global migration, the tradition of female genital cutting has also become increasingly widespread in Europe. According to estimates, there are currently around 75,000 people affected in Germany alone, and almost 20,000 girls are considered at risk. Very few people know that there are contact points for them. “Education is absolutely necessary here,” says Edell Otieno-Okoth, a consultant at Plan International Germany for the issue of female genital mutilation. “Again and again we receive inquiries from health and social care professionals for information material that they can give the girls and women affected. It is not the specialist literature on this subject that is missing, but an overview of the offers that are aimed directly at the affected people Girls and women. Reason for us to create an easily understandable and handy reference work that takes up all aspects of female genital mutilation in simple language and shows the families ways.”

Since 2003, Plan International has been campaigning against female genital mutilation in several African countries, including Egypt, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Sierra Leone. In Guinea, for example, the children’s rights organization runs information events in more than 80 communities in cooperation with local governments, helps set up counseling centers and provides alternative sources of income for former circumcisers. Plan International in Germany offers further education and training courses to sensitize health and social workers to the special needs of girls and women who are at risk or affected.

The manual “Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision – Information for endangered and affected girls and women in Germany” is available in both digital and printed form. The guide is available for download, initially in German, and in the foreseeable future also in English, French, Arabic, Somali, Mandinka and Amharic. Larger quantities of the booklet can be requested by medical practices, advice centres, authorities and affected communities by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

Download the manual from February 2nd: https://ots.de/qVIJfE

Press contact:

Further information, interview requests and images:

Plan International Germany e. V., Communication, Bramfelder Str. 70, 22305 Hamburg
Alexandra Tschacher, Team Leader Media Relations, Tel. 040 60 77 16 – 278
Barbara Wessel, Press Officer, Tel. 040 60 77 16 – 204, [email protected]

Original content from: Plan International Deutschland eV, transmitted by news aktuell


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