Focal Point FGM

What does the Focal Point Female Genital Mutilation offer?

Brochure Focal Point Female Genital Mutilation 

The brochure ‘Focal point meisjesbesnijdenis’ (Dutch only) provides information about the Focal Point Female Genital Mutilation and how it can assist you. The brochure includes general information about FGM, the reasons why it is practiced, and the consequences for girls and women who are circumcised or not circumcised. A number of key issues have been formulated in case you as a professional come into contact with cases of FGM.

Contact

Email your inquiry to focalpointmeisjesbesnijdenis@pharos.nl

More information for physicians and specialists (including on aetiology and how to deal with FGM) can be found on the website Huisarts-migrant.nl (Dutch only).

Consultation hours for women

Easily accessible consultations are available for women who have undergone circumcision and are in need of medical care. These consultation hours have been launched in the following cities: 

  • Amsterdam

    In Amsterdam, women can visit a consultation hour on Mondays (even weeks) or Thursdays (odd weeks) between 13.00-16.00. The consultation hour is run by a specialized nurse and located at the gynaecology department of the OLVG-West Hospital. For more information or to make an appointment (not mandatory), you can contact 06-82799575 or vgv@ggd.amsterdam.nl.

  • Assen

    Sense North Holland organizes the easy accessible consultation hours in the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen. In Assen you can consult specialized nurses Gerrie Aalfs and Tjikkie Lodewijk. To make an appointment you can call 0900-7367366 or send an email to vgv@sensenoord.nl.

  • Den Bosch

    In the region Hart voor Brabant, women can make an appointment with one of the two specialized nurses at the Sense clinic (088-3686673), locations Den Bosch and Tilburg.

  • The Hague

    (The Hague): The Haga Hospital offers consultation hours at the outpatient gynaecology clinic at the Leyweg location, led by specialized nurse Marisa Abdulgani. The consultation hours are on Mondays, from 9:00 to 12:30 for an intake and until 17.00 with an appointment. For an appointment or questions, you can contact Marisa Abdulgani via 06-47008793 or marisa.abdulgani@ggdhaaglanden.nl.

  • Groningen

    Sense North Holland organizes the easy accessible consultation hours in the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen. In Groningen you can consult specialized doctor Sjors Oosterbaan. To make an appointment you can call 0900-7367366 or send an email to vgv@sensenoord.nl.

  • Hoensbroek

    GGD Zuid-Limburg organizes easy accessible consultation hours in Hoensbroek, Maastricht and Sittard. The consultation hour is led by specialized nurse Ingrid Friederichs. To make an appointment you can call 088-8805000/06-31911899 or send an email to ingrid.friederichs@ggdzl.nl.

  • Leeuwarden

    Sense North Holland organizes the easy accessible consultation hours in the provinces of Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen. In Leeuwarden you can consult specialized doctor Simone Onrust. To make an appointment you can call 0900-7367366 or send an email to vgv@sensenoord.nl.

  • Maastricht

    GGD Zuid-Limburg organizes easy accessible consultation hours in Hoensbroek, Maastricht and Sittard. The consultation hour is led by specialized nurse Ingrid Friederichs. To make an appointment you can call 088-8805000/06-31911899 or send an email to ingrid.friederichs@ggdzl.nl.

  • Rotterdam/Rijnmond

    In Rotterdam key persons from the community are trained to answer questions of circumcised women during a ‘living-room meeting’ or home visit. If necessary, the key persons can also accompany women to a health-care provider. They can be reached via 06-52749924.

  • Sittard

    GGD Zuid-Limburg organizes easy accessible consultation hours in Hoensbroek, Maastricht and Sittard. The consultation hour is led by specialized nurse Ingrid Friederichs. To make an appointment you can call 088-8805000/06-31911899 or send an email to ingrid.friederichs@ggdzl.nl.

  • Tilburg

    In the region Hart voor Brabant, women can make an appointment with one of the two specialized nurses at the Sense clinic (0900-3696969), locations Den Bosch and Tilburg.

  • Utrecht region

    (e.g. Amersfoort, Utrecht, Zeist): In the Utrecht region, it is possible for women to make an appointment in various locations. The consultation hour is run by two specialized nurses. To make an appointment, you can call, text or whatsapp Annelies van Rossum (06-20592218) or Fadumo Muuse (06-22567466), or send an email to Nazorgvgv@GGDrU.nl.

  • Nijmegen

    In Nijmegen the easy accessible consultation hour is organized by the GGD Gelderland-Zuid. Two specialized nurses and a doctor are available for consultation. To make an appointment, you can contact Sarah Kladakis (06-25754074; skladakis@ggdgelderlandzuid.nl) or Pushpa Hoppener and Helmie van der Meijden (088-1447196).

  • IJsselland region and North & East Gelderland

    (e.g. Apeldoorn, Doetinchem, Winterswijk, Zwolle): In the IJsselland and Gelderland region, it is possible for women to make an appointment in various locations. The consultation hour is run by a specialized nurse. For more information or to make an appointment, you can contact Mirjam Gootink via 06-25644063 or M.Gootink@ggdnog.nl.

If there is no consultation hour in your place of residence, we advise you to contact a consultation hour in an area near you. You can also look at the guide to social services by region for further contacts in your region. For questions or advice you can also contact Focal Point Female Genital Mutilation (030-2349800; focalpointmeisjesbesnijdenis@pharos.nl).

Zero Tolerance Day FGM

February 6 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. In the Netherlands, Platform 6/2 annually organizes a convention in the Netherlands to bring FGM under the attention and to discuss the ways in which FGM is combatted.

Platform 6/2 is a collaboration between Plan Nederland, Defence for Children – ECPAT, Federation of Somali Associations in the Netherlands (FSAN), Pharos and Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA).

In 2018 the theme of the convention was the legal approaches and procedures for FGM in the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world. Presentations were given by experts on both international and national law and legislation and the ways in which it can be used to combat FGM. The day concluded with a panel discussion focused on various statements.