Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) occurs among members of migrant communities in the Netherlands, even though it is a non-practising country. A recent study estimates that in the Netherlands 29,120 women underwent FGM/C and that 40 to 50 girls are at risk of undergoing the procedure.
The Netherlands outlaw FGM/C in their penal code and, as noted in the EIGE fact sheet, it is both illeagal to perform FGM/C and to aid it being performed in any way. The law applies extraterritorially.
Anti-FGM/C Organisations in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands Pharos is the national knowledge centre on female genital mutilation. They focus on health, prevention and healthcare for circumcised women and offer a FGM/C prevention teaching toolkit for education. It can be used for teaching both pupils from ethnic backgrounds and their classmates who are not familiar with FGM/C. The toolkit is suitable for different ages and educational levels.
We have no FGM/C Lawyer for the Netherlands, but would welcome suggestions. Please contact us.