Despite the considerable work on FGM in Ireland, particularly in raising awareness, legislating, data collection and support for affected women and girls, gaps remain in the areas of prevention and protection, including the need to develop approaches to risk-assessment and inter-agency cooperation. Indeed, no government department or agency adopted the first NAP on FGM, highlighting the need for government to commit to the issue by establishing a multi-agency group on FGM and funding community groups and specialist organisations.


Stakeholders (include but are not limited to) FGM-practising communities; FGM-affected and at-risk girls and women; faith, religious and ethnic groups; youth and men from affected communities; healthcare professionals including general practitioners midwives, public health nurses and practice nurses, obstetricians/gynaecologists and paediatricians; staff of children’s, maternity, university and teaching hospitals; social workers; and departments of health, children and youth affairs.

Other stakeholders include the Health Service Executive (Office of Social Inclusion, Tusla), Department of Foreign Affairs (Conflict Resolution Unit and Irish Aid), Department of Justice and Equality (Cosc), Reception and Integration Agency and Office of Refugee Commissioner, Office of the Promotion of Integration of Migrants, An Garda Síochána, Department of Education and Skills; NGOs such as AkiDwA, Action Aid, Association of African Students in Ireland, Barnardo, Cairde, Children’s Rights Alliance, Concern Worldwide, Dice Network, Early Childhood Ireland, Educate Together, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Integration of African Children in Ireland, Irish Family Planning Association, Irish Girl Guides, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, National Women’s Council of Ireland, National Youth Council of Ireland, New Community Partnership, Professional Development for Teachers, Plan International, Rape Crisis Centre Ireland, Redeemed Church Ireland, Spirasi, Stay Safe Programme, UNICEF, UNHCR, Trocaire, Women’s Aid, Wezesha; Youth Platform Ireland Regulatory bodies, An Bord Altranais, Irish College of General Practitioners, Irish Medical Council, Law Society of Ireland, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland; and platform associations such as Cori Justice, Dóchas, INMO, INTO, Misean Cara, and the Irish Consortium on Gender-based Violence.