'Fight against excision in Île-de-France: Let’s act together!'

On Thursday 30 November, 2023 the three French clubs of Ile de Franc, Paris Etoile and Paris Port royal concorde and Meaux organized a symposium at the Prefecture of Paris Île de France. The event was initiated by Elke Farny,  ZC Paris Etoile. This symposium, with the presence of our Governor Christine Mousset, was rich in teaching with a beautiful interclub federative collaboration.

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Below the text written by the prefecture:

"On the occasion of the international day of the fight against violence against women, the prefecture of the region of Île de France, prefecture of Paris organized today in collaboration with the Zonta Club and the National Federation GAMS, a symposium on the fight against sexual mutilation.

The State in Île-de-France is strengthening its commitment against excision, a real scourge that affects the Ile-de-France region more strongly.  This commitment is part of the National Action Plan to Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation launched in 2019.

25 November | International Day Against Violence Against Women

Why this day?

This symposium is part of the awareness campaigns related to the fight against violence against women organized each year by UN Women and ZONTA International; respectively entitled 'Orange The World' and 'ZONTA says NO to violence against women' from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

The fight against female genital mutilation in France


France is the first European country to criminalize the practice of female genital mutilation and is taking firm and committed action to put an end to this deeply sexist practice. These female genital mutilations affect 124,355 adult women in France, the vast majority of whom come from so-called “at-risk” countries that practice mass circumcision; such as Mali, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Somalia or Guinea in the Île-de-France.

It shows that Seine-Saint-Denis has a prevalence rate well above the national average: 7.2% of women living there reported excision.

The two partner associations

ZONTA International, through the three 'ZONTA Clubs' present in Île-de-France, has the mission to "change the world for women" through advocacy, awareness-raising and partnerships aimed at women’s autonomy. ZONTA International has 26,000 members in 62 countries.

The National Federation GAMS (Group for the Abolition of Sexual Mutilation, Forced Marriage and other Traditional Practices Harmful to the Health of Women and Children) was created in 1982 by African women residing in France as well as French women. Her expertise is particularly recognized on the subject of female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriages, subjects often treated jointly as FGM can precede forced marriages of victims.

During this conference, associations, representatives, lawyers intervened to testify, share their knowledge and experiences. The new regional plan was presented at that meeting. Bérangère Couillard, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of Equality between Women and Men and the Fight against Discrimination closed the symposium.

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