Giving a voice to refugee women who survived …


Who is behind this?

Liuska Sanna

End Female Genital Mutilation European Network



Who is joining forces?




Medicos del Mundo Spain






Akidwa, Ireland, http://akidwa.ie/ Terres de Femmes Germany, http://www.frauenrechte.de/online/index.php FI-KI, Sweden, http://www.femaleintegrity.se/index.htm

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Thousands of women and girls are arriving in Europe, having experienced many types of gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation in their countries of origin and on their journey to Europe. We want to give them a voice through a documentary so that EU citizens, politicians and staheolders become more sensitive to their stories and act.

The physical, psychological and emotional integrity of women and girls deserve to be protected. Wherever they live. Wherever they come from.

Where will your idea take place?

Various EU countries, 2 African countries

Why does Europe need your idea?

Thousands of women and girls are arriving in Europe, having experienced many types of trauma including gender-based violence, in their countries of origin and on their journey to Europe.

Our lack of a culture, gender and child-sensitive asylum system can lead to further trauma and stigmatisation and even to refusal of asylum to women who have the right to protection.

The EU member states have obligations to offer protection to refugee and asylum seekers at risk of, or living with, FGM.

What is your impact?

This documentary aims to show the journey and experience of girls and women who survived female genital mutilation and other forms of gender-based violence; their challenges when arriving in Europe and when dealing with the asylum system.

We want EU citizens to better understand the reality of their lives by dispelling myths.

We want asylum administrators, health professionals, social workers, the police services, politicians to be aware of the complex issues surrounding these women.

How do you get there?

Using the stories of girls and women who survived FGM or are at risk and having testimonies of professional and other actors involved in dealing with the refugees’ crisis and with asylum procedures.

There are not enough empowering, non-stigmatising images of migrants and of FGM practising communities. Creating powerful, positive, emotional narratives will speak to the hearts and minds of the citizens of Europe and to those affected directly by FGM.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Refugee women and girls in the first place.

EU citizens, professionals, politicians at EU and national levels.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our idea is unique, because it tackles FGM as a European and global problem, not just an ‘African’ problem.

FGM exists in Europe and all across the world. The documentary will inspire the public, professionals and decision makers to tackle this issue head on and finding long-term solutions to prevent the practice and support those from affected communities.

€ 14000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 18000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travelling around Europe to collect different stories from women, girls, our members and professionals affected by FGM in Europe. Technical aspects of film screening and editing.



Idea created on March 4, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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