Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is one of the three state universities of Cyprus, with a specific emphasis on research both within the University and in cooperation with other institutes in Cyprus and abroad. The University has secured substantial state, EU and other international funding to support the research activities of academic staff, including for specialised centres and laboratories conducting basic and applied research across its five faculties.
The University is firmly committed to the principles of the European Research Area (ERA), underpinned by the following key policies:
Effective access to information
Equal research opportunities for all members of the academic community
Effective support of research activities
Promotion of competition, quality and support for research projects
Start-up funding for new academic and teaching members to set up research infrastructure, particularly laboratories
The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) is a non-profit organisation based in Cyprus, committed to the elimination of discrimination against women. The Institute’s main activities are transnational in scope as well as impact, aiming to strengthen and enhance the participation of civil society in the empowerment of women. Priority areas of activity are violence against women and girls; trafficking in women; women in decision-making; gender equality in economic and social policies; gender equality in education; women and migration; women and the media; and women’s rights in an international context. MIGS is a founding member of the End FGM European Network (END FGM) and is a member of the European Women’s Lobby, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, the European Network of Migrant Women and the Women Against Violence in Europe (WAVE) Network.
A large part of MIGS’s work involves the promotion of gender equality in education, through the promotion and implementation of school-based initiatives, including formal and informal trainings for young people aimed at combating gender stereotypes and enhancing understanding of gender equality.
Akina Dada wa Africa(AkiDwA) is the authoritative minority ethnic-led national network of migrant women living in Ireland, unique domestically and one of only a few such networks in Europe. Founded in 2001 by Salome Mbugua to address issues of discrimination, racism and domestic violence in Ireland, AkiDwA’s three main areas of work are gender-based violence, gender-based discrimination and employment. The NGO has charitable status and is a representative body for migrant women, irrespective of national/ethnic background, tradition, religious belief, socio-economic or legal status. AkiDwA’s advocacy approach is based on strengthening migrant women’s voices, applying a gender perspective to policies and practices.
AIDOS is an NGO working to build, promote and protect the rights, dignity, well-being, freedom of choice and empowerment of women and girls. AIDOS has been engaged in programmes and projects for the abandonment of FGM in several African countries for almost 30 years, providing financial, technical and organisational support to local NGOs working on this issue. AIDOS programmes aim to build a social environment enabling individual choice, addressing gender relations and particularly the power imbalances that influence the sexual and reproductive rights of women. As an UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) implementing partner, AIDOS implements projects involving African journalists and communication experts, focusing particularly on radio, as in the recently concluded Abandoning FGM/C on FM! project. In Italy and Europe more widely, the Association implements advocacy activities and provides specialist training on FGM to professionals, including those working with women asylum-seekers. AIDOS is a founding member of the End FGM European Network.
APF (Associação para o Planeamento da Família) is a Portuguese NGO established in 1967 with the legal status of an IPSS (Private Institution for Social Solidarity) working in the field of health. Based in Lisbon with six regional branches, APF is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), honoured with the Public Merit Order by the President of the Republic in 1998. The mission of APF is to contribute to the empowerment of individuals to make free and responsible choices in their sexual and reproductive lives, and to promote positive parenthood. APF is the oldest and most important NGO working on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Portugal, pioneering family planning in the 1960s and ‘70s, promoting sex education in schools since the 1980s, and campaigning on numerous issues related to sexual and reproductive rights. APF was the first Portuguese organisation to tackle the issue of FGM, developing a wide range of publications and advocacy, public awareness, training, research and community activities, mainly with migrants from Guinea Bissau. One of the main outcomes of this work was the formation of the Intersectoral Working Group of relevant government and non-government organisations, which produces and monitors the National Programme against FGM. APF is a member of the End FGM European Network and has been an active partner to many European organisations involved in the fight against FGM and other traditional harmful practices.
The End FGM European network (END FGM) is a European umbrella network of 16 organisations working to ensure sustainable European action to end FGM. Our vision is to create a world in which women and girls are empowered and free from all forms of gender-based violence, in particular FGM—a world in which their voices are heard and they are free to exercise their rights and make informed choices about their lives. The network creates an enabling environment for coordinated and comprehensive action by European decision-makers to end FGM and other forms of violence against women and girls, building synergies through the active participation of diverse organisations, rights-holders and affected communities, and providing a space in which member organisations can share their experience and skills.
Excision, parlons-en! is a French association established in 2013 to intensify action for the abandonment of FGM. An important first step was to significantly increase public awareness of the issue, bringing together actresses and actors from French-speaking countries in a united call to pool efforts and resources to prevent FGM in France and worldwide. Excision, parlons-en! uses a multidisciplinary approach to develop and support a network of associations working towards the abandonment of FGM, sharing information, good practice and expertise. The association is focused on three objectives:
EXPERTISE: To increase skills and share good practice, through seminars, conferences and publications, and through the development of common tools
ADVOCACY: To lobby French institutions and policymakers to include FGM on their agenda, through regular meetings, monitoring of legislation and round tables
COMMUNICATION: To raise awareness of FGM and its current context among a wider audience, through seminars, conferences and meetings, and through information-sharing via the website and social networks.
INTACT is a centre of legal expertise based in Belgium, with a mission to prevent FGM by providing women, men and girls legal advice and support. Its mission is to eradicate the practice of FGM through respect of national, European and international legal norms, especially those related to the rights of women and girls. INTACT takes legal action to combat the practice of FGM, particularly in support of individuals and professionals in legal or judicial proceedings, legal consultations and follow-up applications for asylum, as well as supporting professionals confronted with affected or at-risk women and girls. INTACT is also involved in the development of tools, the organisation of training/symposiums and research. INTACT advocates for better protection from FGM by issuing recommendations to national and international bodies (national ministries, asylum bodies, the European Asylum Support Office). INTACT also participates in national and international networks aimed at the eradication of FGM, such as the END FGM network.
TERRE DES FEMMES is a German non-governmental and non-profit women’s rights organisation that supports girls and women affected by violence through campaigns, outreach work, individual counselling, project support and international networks. TERRE DES FEMMES is committed to ensuring that girls and women can live a free, safe and self-determined life, with equal and inalienable rights regarding all aspects of life. The organisation is directly engaged in several focus areas: FGM, domestic violence, forced marriage and honour crimes, trafficking in women, forced prostitution and social rights for female workers.
Over the past 20 years, TDF has worked tirelessly against FGM, helping to raise awareness and promote behavioural change worldwide.
The Group against Sexual Mutilation and harmful practices against Women and Children (GAMS) is a Belgian organisation specialised in FGM, founded in 1996 by Khadidiatou Diallo, a Senegalese migrant. GAMS Belgium aims to contribute to the abandonment of FGM in Belgium and worldwide, to prevent FGM among at-risk girls and women in Belgium and to reduce the impact of the practice on on health and well-being of girls and women living with FGM. The organisation works with various groups, including women affected by FGM (providing social, medical and legal assistance), at-risk girls, religious and community leaders, the wider population of affected African communities, schools and parents' organisations, the federal agency for the reception of asylum seekers, asylum centres, professionals from the social, legal, law enforcement and health sectors, Belgian authorities and the public. GAMS promotes consultation and intersectional action. GAMS Belgium is a founding member of the End FGM European Network (END FGM) and a member of the Inter-African Committee (IAC) and several Belgian networks.
FORWARD- Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development
FORWARD is committed to gender equality and safeguarding the rights of African girls and women.
It’s a leading African diaspora women’s campaign and support organisation founded in 1983. It works through partnerships in the UK, Europe and Africa to transform lives, tackling discriminatory practices that affect the dignity and wellbeing of girls and women and mainly focuses on the issues of FGM, Child Marriage and Obstetric Fistula. Our main goals are to:
End gender based violence in particular female genital mutilation, child marriage and related rights violations
Increase access to specialist and support services; rights education and livelihood opportunities for vulnerable girls and women
Improve capacity and sustainability of partners
Strengthen networking and policy engagement of African Diaspora women
Doctors of the World is an independent association that works to implement the right to health for all people , especially those living in poverty, gender inequality and social exclusion or are victims of human crisis. Healing is the first mission of Doctors of the World and voluntary and professional people that make up our association. Therefore, in this organization we are committed to helping all vulnerable, excluded or victims of natural disasters, famines, diseases, armed conflict or political violence populations. Doctors of the World for the right of victims to be served must prevail over any other consideration. We act not only in the South, but also work with groups excluded from the welfare society, especially those with problems accessing the public health system. We do not intend to create parallel systems of assistance, but ensure that all people enjoy adequate health conditions.
Medicos del Mundo works in the field of health to populations in poverty and social exclusion and victims of human crisis, serves every person who sees human rights abuses, performs actions of awareness as a means for social change and denounces the causes that cause injustice .Doctors of the World is a partnership led by partners and partners who participate voluntarily and have a political and economic involvement.
European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW) is a migrant-women-led European platform of NGOs founded in 2012 that advocates for the rights, needs and concerns of migrant women. Based in Brussels, the network’s mission is to empower and protect the human rights of migrant women from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds living across Europe, through coordinated advocacy, exchange of information, projects and events at the European and the national level. The has achieved a high degree of visibility at the EU level, partnering many EU networks working in the area of human rights, migrant integration, women’s rights and anti-racism.
Network members range from grass-root service providers and entities providing legal help to migrant women, to NGOs focused on advocacy and research. ENoMW members work across diverse fields, including the human rights of migrant women, economic integration, anti-discrimination, access to justice and combatting violence against women. ENoMW’s most recent project, #WomensVoices, carried out jointly with the European Women’s Lobby and the Women’s Refugee Commission, mapped the protection risks of refugee women arriving in Europe.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, we work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country. We also strive to secure lasting solutions.
For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Our protection, shelter, health and education has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.
CEPOL is an agency of the European Union dedicated to develop, implement and coordinate training for law enforcement officials. It’s a European Union agency that fosters European and international law enforcement cooperation through training. It contributes to a safer Europe by facilitating cooperation and knowledge sharing among law enforcement officials of the EU Member States and to some extent, from third countries, on issues stemming from EU priorities in the field of security; in particular, from the EU Policy Cycle on serious and organised crime. It brings together a network of training institutes for law enforcement officials in EU Member States and supports them in providing frontline training on security priorities, law enforcement cooperation and information exchange. CEPOL also works with EU bodies, international organisations, and third countries to ensure that the most serious security threats are tackled with a collective response.
The European Midwives Association (EMA) is a non- profit and non-governmental organization of midwives, representing midwifery organisations and associations from the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and EU applicant countries.
Provides a forum for European midwives to meet and discuss issues concerning midwifery and women’s health
Promotes a minimum standards of midwifery education and practice within the EU
Maintains a presence and contribution at venues affecting health policy and midwifery within the EU