Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) occurs amongst members of migrant communities in Ireland, even though it is considered a non-practicing country. AkiDwA estimates that at least 3,780 women and girls living in Ireland have had FGM/C performed.

In 2012 Ireland passed the Female Genital Mutilation Act, outlawing FGM/C both in Ireland extraterritorially to protect Australian residents from being subjected to FGM/C overseas. Ireland ratified the ICESCR in 1989, acceded to CEDAW in 1985 and ratified the CRC in 1992. For Irish case law concerning FGM/C, see our case law page.


Anti-FGM/C Organisations in Ireland

Akina Dada wa Africa (AkiDwA) 

Unit 2 Killarney Court, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
Tel.: +353 (0)1 8349851

AkiDwA (Swahili for sisterhood) is an authoritative, minority ethnic-led national network of African and migrant women living in Ireland. The organisation was established in 2001 by a group of African women to address, isolation, racism and Gender Based Violence that the women were experiencing at the time. As part of their work on GBV, which includes FGM/C, they also raise awareness on FGM/C in Ireland and collaborate with other organisations to end the practice.




We have no FGM/C Lawyer for Ireland, but would welcome suggestions. Please contact us