In Ireland: Integrating FGM into religious discourse

Religious leaders are highly respected within their communities in Ireland and
are therefore able to influence behaviours and the adoption of social norms within these groups.

Taking this into account, the Irish organisation AkiDwA trains religious leaders on issues surrounding FGM so as to make them real actors of change. Although the hierarchical nature of the religious structures may have given them some difficulties, the association has today been able to train nearly 70 religious leaders in the fight against FGM. They now intend to continue the debate in religious forums which are major events gathering many religious stakeholders in Ireland.

“The Community of Practice on Female Genital Mutilation” is part of the “Building Bridges between Africa and Europe to tackle FGM” project, supported by the “UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM”.
The project is coordinated by AIDOS in partnership with GAMS Belgium.

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