+43 1 267 7 267

Mo-Thu 9am-16pm, Fr 9am-12am


What is the FGM/C Coordination Office?

The Austria-wide FGM/C Coordination Office offers advice, information and support on all issues related to female genital mutilation (FGM/C).

We are an association of the Women’s Health Center FEM Süd, the Austrian Red Cross, the Women’s Health Centers Linz and Salzburg and the Men’s Health Center MEN. The goal of the FGM/C Coordination Office is to be a contact point for those seeking help, experts, professionals and communities and to connect all actors with each other.

What does FGM/C stand for?

FGM/C (Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting) stands for female circumcision. It refers to “the partial or total removal or other injury of the external female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” (WHO, 2008).

FGM/C has many different names – sunna, bondo, excision, cut, ختان ألإناث , Gudniinka Gabdhaha. We primarily use the term FGM/C because it is internationally and universally understood. For sensitivity, the term circumcision is used in the following.

What does female circumcision mean for girls?

Female circumcision (FGM/C) involves cutting away part or all of a girl’s external sexual organs.

What are the consequences of circumcision for women’s health?

Women suffer from the consequences of circumcision throughout their whole lives. Depending on the type of procedure, they can vary greatly. From psychological problems to life-threatening complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Chronic inflammation and pain in the lower abdomen
  • Pain during urination and urinary tract infections
  • Pain during menstruation
  • Pain during intimacy
  • Complications during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Depression, panic attacks and trauma
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Circumcision of the female genitals is an assault with serious long-term consequences. The penalty for this can be up to 10 years in prison.

The person who performs the circumcision can be penalized, even if he or she does not have Austrian citizenship. Parents can also be penalized if they send their daughter to another country for circumcision. Parents must also try to prevent if someone else wants to circumcise their daughter.

Where can I find help?

Do you have a problem with your health?
You need help and support with the following issues:

  • I have great pain during menstruation
  • I am pregnant and want a natural birth
  • I am pregnant and want to know what this means for the birth of my child
  • I have questions about intimacy
  • I do not want my daughter to be circumcised
  • I am worried that my sister/daughter/friend will be circumcised

We also help you with other issues such as:

  • Problems within the family or marriage
  • Health issues in general
  • Psychological problems
  • Situations of violence

We are here to help!

Call us via our info phone:

+43 1 267 7 267

The info phone can be reached Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm and Friday from 9 am to 12 am

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Regional counseling centers

In addition to the general info phone, the FGM/C Coordination Office also offers counseling directly on site.
In Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Linz and Salzburg there are free counseling centers for people affected by violence and FGM/C and those at risk.
Here you can get information, support and confidential individual counseling in medical, psychological and legal matters.

Counselling Centre Vienna

Frauengesundheitszentrum FEM Süd
Wiener Gesundheitsverbund – Klinik Favoriten
Kundratstraße 3
1100 Wien

Counselling Centre Styria

Austrian Red Cross
Regional Office Styria
Merangasse 26 (Entrance Leonhardstraße 23)
8010 Graz

Language: German, English, Arabic, 3 ghanian languages, Somali

Counselling Centre Tyrol

Austrian Red Cross
Regional Office Tyrol
Heiliggeiststraße 19
6020 Innsbruck

Language: German, English, Arabic, Somali, Spanish

Counselling Centre Salzburg

FrauenGesundheitsZentrum Salzburg
Mag.a Aline Halhuber-Ahlmann
Alpenstrasse 48/1
5020 Salzburg

Language: German, English

Counselling Centre Upper Austria

Linzer Frauengesundheitszentrum
Mag.a Friederike Widholm
Kaplanhofstraße 1
4020 Linz

Language: German, English

Counselling Centre Vienna

MEN Männergesundheitszentrum
Wiener Gesundheitsverbund – Klinik Favoriten
Kundratstraße 3
1100 Wien

Language: German, English