9 November 2016 – Victim Support Europe was invited by the END FGM network to provide a training for its members on the Victims’ Rights Directive. An Verelst, VSE’s policy officer, spent half a day discussing the content of the Directive with the network. Through discussions and exercises the training opened up perspectives on how the Directive can be used and applied for victims of Female Genital Mutilation. The expertise and engagement of the participants made the training a success.
In the afternoon Victim Support Europe and END FGM co-chaired a discussion with allies, stakeholders and the members of the End FGM European Network who work at the national level on gender rights, human rights, ending FGM and other harmful practices. Alyna Smith of PICUM and Michael Cerulus of ILGA Europe joined the discussion and told the participants about their work on the EU Victims’ Rights Directive. Thanks to Sara Chrzanowska of the European Commission all participants were updated on the implementation of the EU Directive.
A great day for VSE to work with the END FGM network and its members on the EU Victims’ Directive! #ENDFGM