The following offer specialist FGM services and helplines:
I. Asylum Service, Ministry of Interior
The Asylum Service was established in 2004 to replace the Refugee Authority, and is responsible for examining asylum applications in the Republic of Cyprus as well as for running the Reception Centre.
Tel: +357 22445245 or 22445265
II. CARITAS Cyprus
Caritas works to support the poor and the oppressed, with target groups including the elderly, children, migrants, refugees and the handicapped.
Address: 8, Saint Maron Street, Flat 4, Pafos Gate, Nicosia 1010, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 22662606
III. Commissioner for the Rights of the Child
The Commissioner is an independent institution whose mission is to protect and promote the rights of the child, representing their interest at all levels.
Address: Corner of Apelli and Pavlou Nirvana street, Nicosia 1496, Cyprus
Tel: +357 22 873 200
IV. Emergency number: 112
V. Cyprus Family Planning Association
The Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA) is the leading non-profit, non-governmental, voluntary organisation in Cyprus on sexual and reproductive health, established in 1971. CFPA runs a helpline, as well as organising sex education programmes and publishing authoritative information and educational material. The Association is also involved in advocacy, promoting and defending sexual rights, and research.
Address: P.O. Box 25706, 27 Ezekia Papaioannou street, Nicosia 1311, Cyprus
Tel: +357 22751093
VI. Future Worlds Centre (Humanitarian Affairs Unit, Unit for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture)
Future Worlds Centre (FWC) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, offering free legal and psychosocial support to vulnerable populations since 2006, as well as conducting research, advocacy and community work. FWC’s Humanitarian Affairs Unit is the UNHCR’s implementing partner in Cyprus. The Unit for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture (URVT)—part of the Humanitarian Affairs Unit—provides multidisciplinary rehabilitation services to refugees and asylum-seekers who have been subjected to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. URVT is currently funded by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. For more information: http://www.futureworldscenter.org/
Address: 5 Promitheos Street, 1065 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: (+357) 22873820
Fax (+357) 22873821
VII. Hope for Children (UNCRC Policy Centre)
The UNCRC Policy Centre Hope for Children is an independent international humanitarian organisation established according to the standards and principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and European Union law, which works to promote and defend children’s rights. The centre also offers victims of FGM psychological and medical support.
Address: 75 Limassol Avenue, Office 201, Nicosia, Cyprus
VIII. Office of the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights (Ombudsman’s Office)
The Ombudsman’s Office was established in 1991 as the independent authority responsible for addressing individual complaints concerning maladministration, misbehaviour and human rights violations by state officers or authorities. The Office also operates as the independent authority for the protection and promotion of human rights and the rights of the disabled, equality and the prevention of torture.
Address: Era House, Diagorou 2, 1097 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: +357 22 405500/501
Fax: +357 22 672881
IX. KISA (Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism)
KISA is an NGO working to promote an inclusive, multicultural society, free of racism, xenophobia and discrimination, based on mutual respect and equal rights for all, irrespective of race, nationality, ethnicity, colour, creed, beliefs, gender, sexual preference or orientation, disability or any other form of diversity.
Address: Arsinois Street, Nicosia 1010 (P.O. Box 22113, 1517 Nicosia) Cyprus
Tel: +357 22878181/99098189
X. Gynaecological and Obstetric Outpatient Department, Makarios III Hospital
Tel: +357 2205000 (call centre)/22 405160-38 (Gynaecology and Maternity Clinic)
XI. Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)
MIGS is a non-profit organisation that works to promote and contribute to gender-related projects on social, political, and economic themes, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean region. MIGS is committed to the elimination of discrimination against women, using a combination of research, advocacy and lobbying, as well as trainings, conferences and other activities, adopting a multidisciplinary approach, in collaboration with other institutions.
Address: 46 Makedonitissas Avenue, P.O. Box 24005, Nicosia 1703, Cyprus
Tel: + 357 22842034-7
Fax:+ 357 22842050
XII. UNHCR Representation in Cyprus
UNHCR was created in 1950, in the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. UNHCR aims to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and to find safe refuge in another state, providing critical emergency assistance such as clean water, sanitation and healthcare, as well as shelter, blankets, household goods and sometimes food.
Address: P.O. Box 25577, 1310 Nicosia, 2 Demetracopoulou Street, 3rd Floor, 1090 Nicosia
Tel: +357 22359057/43/+357 22660164
Fax: +357 22359037