National action plans/policy documents

Following implementation of the 2006 law against FGM, a commission for the prevention and combatting of FGM was established, chaired by the Minister for Equal Opportunities. The commission drew up the first national action plan (NAP) on FGM in 2007, with a public call for proposals for action/research projects, awareness-raising campaigns and training. Tenders were accepted from regional, local and National Health Service administrations, as well as NGOs focused on the protection of health or the human rights of migrants (EIGE – European Institute for Gender Equality, 2013).

A second NAP to prevent and combat FGM was approved by the commission in 2011, based on the implementation and agreement of the Conferenza Stato-Regioni of 6 December 2006. Funding was provided mainly for regional projects and research by local and regional authorities, National Health Service administrations, and NGOs.

FGM is a policy priority in Italy, at the bilateral and multilateral level. Under Article 7 of Law 7/2006, Italian International Cooperation supports annual voluntary contributions to the activities of UNWOMEN and UNFPA, and remains a major donor to the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C.

Multidisciplinary guidelines/protocols

National level

Commissione nazionale contro le mutilazioni genitali femminili. Dipartimento per le Pari Opportunità (ed.) (2001). Mutilazioni genitali femminili: cura e prevenzione. Linee guida per operatrici e operatori sanitari, sociali e educativi. Roma: Dipartimento per le Pari Opportunità.

Regional level



      Di Marcantonio, G. (ed.) (2008).

Il mediatore culturale specializzato nella prevenzione e nel contrasto delle mutilazioni genitali femminili

    . Book produced in the framework of the project DADA-FORM – Diritti e Autonomia per le Donne Africane.


      Di Marcantonio, G. (ed.) (2009).

La prevenzione ed il contrasto delle mutilazioni genitali femminili nella scuola

    . Book produced in the framework of the project DADA-FORM – Diritti e Autonomia per le Donne Africane.

Abruzzo and Sicily
Le Onde Onlus (2010). Progetto IRIS – Interventi contro la violenza di genere verso le donne. Ricerca e sperimentazione di sportelli specializzati: Linee guida e raccomandazioni. Palermo: Arti Grafiche Palermitane.

Emilia – Romagna
Regione Emilia – Romagna (2001). Progetto n. 9. Le mutilazioni genitali femminili nella popolazione immigrata (dicembre 2000 – febbraio 2001). Raccomandazioni per i professionisti. Gianfranco Gori, coordinator of the Commission that implemented the research and adapted the Guide Lines.

Re, A. (ed.) (2011), Le Mutilazioni Genitali Femminili: Vademecum per operatori sanitari, socio-sanitari e scolastici.

Laurenzi, E. (ed.) (2006). Profilo informativo del fenomeno delle mutilazioni genitali femminili. Conoscerle per prevenirle. Produced by the interdisciplinary Work Group on FGM created by Region Tuscany in 2003.


The Commission for the prevention and combatting of FGM referred to above has been disbanded and no specific FGM-related NAP is now in operation or planned. However, regional roundtables are held at irregular intervals, such as the multidisciplinary Tavolo Tecnico Regionale Regione Toscana.