A message on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. If current trends continue, the United Nations estimates that 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 will be subjected to it by 2030.
The main objective of the project is to develop the capacity of BSWA professionals to address a deeper emotional and mental health support to FGM survivors through 4 training sessions curated by The Dahlia Project in order to give them the tools to train at their turn health professionals. As a result, the project helped 645 direct beneficiaries and 2000 indirect beneficiaries.
In the French Seine-Saint-Denis department, The Kering Foundation provides its support to La Maison des Femmes, a unique place offering support and counselling to women victims of violence and Female Genital Mutilation. It is through surgery, psychological, sexological and legal support, speaking groups and long-term following that La Maison des Femmes gives a pragmatic answer to the needs of its patients.
The Kering Foundation also supports the work done by Excision Parlons-En! through the EU on-line Platform “United to end FGM”. Developed alongside 11 associations from 9 European countries, this platform enables professionals from a variety of backgrounds (legal, educational, health, police) to access online trainings in 9 different languages.
The platform will be officially launched in France this Monday 6 February 2017 at 5 pm at the Agence Française de Développement. To register, please click here.
In the context of the Kering Group's partnership with the Cannes Festival and the Women In Motion Talks programme, the Kering Foundation hosted a speaker-event during the 69th edition of the Festival. Four guest experts were invited to join the Talk to discuss the theme of women's rights.
The actress, director and producer Salma Hayek-Pinault opened the debate by addressing the need for a greater corporate awareness of the stakes in the area of women's rights. She mentioned in particular the role of the Kering Foundation and its approach towards fighting violence against women.
Su-Mei Thompson, CEO of the Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong, continued the debate by insisting on the part women should play in changing the idealised image assigned to them by the media. The director of the documentary She Objects hoped she could raise the general public's awareness of women's key role in decision-making.
Lisa Azuelos, a French scriptwriter and director, created the association Ensemble contre la Gynophobie (Together against Gynophobia) launched in 2016. “Gynophobia” is a word invented to describe all abuse against women. The Cannes Festival was an opportunity for Lisa Azuelos to reward the winners of the short film contest hosted by her association, which aims to denounce the suffering of women victims. The two actresses Anna Apter and Laura Felpin won the award with an original film shot on Snapchat that mocks misogyny.
Zainab Salbi, a women's rights activist and Iraki-American author, was also one of the guest speakers. The director of the television show Nida’a which airs in 22 countries and aims to provide a place of recognition for Arab women and their successes, emphasized that the issue of violence against women is a societal issue that involves men as well and cannot be solely limited to “a women’s discussion”.