MILESTONES AND PROMISING PRACTICE

  1. Legislation passed in 2003, specifically criminalising FGM
  2. Istanbul Convention signed in 2015
  3. UEFGM e-learning project initiated collaboration between stakeholders from 2012 that continues to date with the expanded UEFGM Knowledge Platform (2015-17).

PROMISING PRACTICE

Although FGM has yet to be considered a significant problem in Cyprus, greater action on issues such as domestic violence, gender equality and the promotion of human rights has laid a firm foundation for the development of a more comprehensive policy framework to address FGM.

One of the objectives of the UEFGM Knowledge Platform is to promote interagency collaboration, to raise awareness of at-risk women and girls, train professionals and ensure the mass media are better informed—steps that will also facilitate the development of standardised procedures for data collection, and enrich the knowledge, understanding and skills of Cypriot professionals and society at large with regard to FGM.

Civil society organisations and other actors have begun to play an important role in the dissemination of information on FGM. However additional strategies and tools are expected to emerge alongside a more proactive, FGM-specific, government policy, including projects to involve male members of practising communities, and the development of multi-disciplinary guidelines and protocols.