FGM/C - Central Contact Point Baden-Württemberg

Are you a survivor or threatened by FGM/C?

Are you or a friend threatened?

Is FGM/C (Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting) an issue in your family, your community, your country of origin?

Here you will find information and help.

As the coordinating office of the State-wide central contact point for women and girls threatened and affected by FGM/C in Baden-Württemberg. offers you competent counselling and can help you find the information you need and, if necessary, can refer you to our cooperation partners with extensive expertise.

Professionals and authorities are also welcome to request information and support from us at any time.

For a general overview, we have formulated a simple data collection questionnaire for communities to fill in to enable us get a better understanding of the situation on the ground and to strengthen our efforts to eradicate FGM/C.

Contact for first aid and professionalsQuestionnaire for community members

State-wide central contact point for women and girls threatened and affected by FGM/C in Baden-Württemberg.

Information. Support. Connecting.

The central point of contact for women and girls threatened and affected by FGM/C in Baden-Württemberg informs, advises, supports and offers far-reaching networking on all issues related to female genital mutilation/circumcision (FGM/C).

We form a network of professionals from different fields and advocate for the right to physical integrity through prevention, counseling and health care.

What is FGM/C?

FGM/C (Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting) is a severe human rights violation in which parts of the female genitalia are removed or injured.

It violates many international, European and national laws and is also considered child abuse under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

According to Unicef's latest data...

… at least 200 million girls and women worldwide are affected by female genital mutilation & circumcision (FGM/C). More than four million girls worldwide are at risk of female genital mutilation every year. Girls and women of all ages are affected by the practice. For some girls, the procedure is performed in the first week of life, for others only during puberty or when they marry. On average, girls are between 4 and 14 years old. Girls and women born in Germany can also be affected by genital mutilation. A study commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs shows that the number of female genital mutilations in Germany has increased by 40% since 2017. (Source: https://data.unicef.org/topic/child-protection/female-genital-mutilation/)

According to a study by Terre des Femmes in 2022, more than 104,000 women in Germany are affected by the human rights violation of FGM/C and up to 17,721 girls are acutely at risk.

Since September 2013, female genital mutilation has been classified as a separate criminal offence under Section 226a of the Criminal Code (StGB) and can be punished with a prison sentence of six months to 15 years.

It is impossible to say for sure how many women and girls live in Baden-Württemberg who are affected by this serious violation of human rights. According to the unreported statistics of 2022, which are mainly based on estimates, approximately 10,772 women and girls are affected and 1,542 girls are at risk in Baden-Württemberg.

(Source: https://frauenrechte.de/images/aktuelles/2022/FGM/2022_Dunkelzifferscha%CC%88tzung_final.pdf)