Emergency hotline for female genital mutilation started in EU

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With SOS, the FGM Task Force now has a child protection project started, which is unique in Germany and Europe.  It focuses on the concrete protection of girls from a very specific violence: female genital mutilation.

In Germany alone, need up to 50,000 under-age girls are classified as endangered.  Up to 80% of these girls actually are subjected to the mutilation.  To protection, they could not count so far with few exceptions.

The experience of recent years have shown that people who have specific information about planned or have already become committed genital mutilation, often do not know whom they can turn to.  Even authorities and youth respond often uncertain and hesitant when girls at risk must be protected.

SOS FGM reacted in exactly this situation and now offers one-stop shop for

    * is that people who become aware of female genital mutilation: for them is the emergency number 01803 - SOS FGM (767 326) are available.  They ensure that quick and competent assistance is initiated, and each case is accompanied by consistent follow up.
    * Authorities, youth and professionals: SOS FGM offers both individual counseling in specific situations as well as specialized training throughout the country.  It's about a safe, prudent and protection-oriented handling of cases, the genital mutilation of the subject to permit.
    * become girls and women who are victims of female genital mutilation: the victims are least aware that they are usually entitled to compensation from the German government (under the Victims Compensation Act, OEG).  SOS FGM victims informed about their rights and helping them to make their claims.

This project is a milestone for the specific protection of children against serious violence and abuse and contributes to the realization of their fundamental rights to dignity, life and integrity.

More information about SOS FGM: www.sosfgm.org

Contact: Simone Schwarz, CEO and spokesperson of the TaskForce eViG

Phone: 01803 - 767 326 (cost: 9 ct / min from German landlines, max. 42 ct / min mobile)
eMail: info@taskforcefgm.de

Twitter: @taskforcefgm

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