On December 2, 2021, AIDOS, GAMS Belgium and the End FGM EU Network will host the online closing conference of the International Stakeholders Dialogue (ISD) on “Gender Transformative Approaches to Ending FGM”.
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The Thematic Discussions of the CoP FGM
The thematic discussions, launched every 2 months, encourage knowledge sharing and good practice between the CoP FGM’s members. The discussions are held in both English and in French on the CoP internal Google group. The member’s contributions are translated by the moderators so that everyone can understand.
As any other form of Gender-Based Violence, FGM is closely tied to power relations between men and women. It is a manifestation of gender inequality and as such it needs to be addressed.
This is why experts are stressing the need for programmes that aim to inform and sensitize communities about the negative impacts of FGM, and to eliminate the practice in the long run, to incorporate gender transformative approaches.
Media refers to different means of distributing and making information accessible to a larger group of persons and includes traditional media such as radio, tv and newspapers in addition to more recent tools such as blogs, vlogs and podcasts. Media tools can be produced by trained journalists but they can also be the fruit of the work of activists, professionals or other citizens.
This thematic discussion will explore different media used in FGM prevention and care for FGM survivors.
FGM is a complex issue deeply embedded in the societies where it is practiced. While criminalization of the practice is generally acknowledged as an important step in the global strategy towards abandonment of FGM, most experts would agree that anti-FGM laws alone cannot solve the problem.
This thematic discussion picks up where we ended when discussing this topic in the summer of 2019.
Where are we at two years later in terms of anti-FGM legislation?
For the law to be effective, it has to be implemented by the government, be respected by the citizens, and applied by the judicial bodies. Cultural settings or attitudes towards the law can impede implementation of an anti-FGM law.
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