Webinars and podcasts durng the Covid-19 pandemic

The following Webinars and Podcasts were organized or shared by members during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Impact of COVID-19 on ending FGM in Tanzania’ by ‘Hope for Girls and Women in Tanzania’ and ‘Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy’ 

The Webinar addresses: 

  1. UNICEF, Technical Note on Covid-19 and harmful practices
  2. The expectations whether COVID-19 will help or hinder our efforts to end FGM 
  3. Lessons learned from Ebola

Recording available here

‘Follow up: Impact of Covid-19 on ending FGM in Kenya’ by ‘Hope for Girls and Women in Tanzania’ and ‘Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy’ 

Program of the Webinar

  1. New research related to COVID-19, including the Technical Note of UNFPA entitled ‘Covid-19 disrupting SDG 5.3’, Annemarie Middelburg
  2. Impact of Covid-19 in safe houses in Tanzania, Rhobi Samwelly 
  3. Situation in Kenya, Agnes Pareyio, director of Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative and the current chair of the Anti-FGM Board
  4. How to reach out the communities in times of Covid-19? : New ways of advocacy and campaigning, Margaret Oyugi of COVAW
  5. Discussion on the potential risks, opportunities, challenges and solutions related to Covid-19 and our efforts to end FGM

Recording available here

‘Impact of Covid-19 on young women and girls and FGM’ by ‘Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy’ and ‘Stories to Action’ 

2 young activists presented how the pandemic has impacted their work

  1. Natalie Robi Tingo, Msichana Empowerment Kuria, Kenya
  2. DR. Mariam Dahir, medical doctor and champion for ‘Health for All’

More information and to  access more details, summaries, references and resources about the webinars organised by Annemarie Middelburg, see her dedicated page

Recording available here

‘Impact of Covid-19 on ending FGM in Asia’ by the ‘Asia Network to End FGM/C’, ‘ARROW’, ‘Orchid Project’ 

Program of the webinar:

  1. Delay of FGM cutting ceremonies
  2. New campaigning and sensitisation tools: the development of new apps 
  3. The potential backlash that Covid-19 might cause in this region

Recording available here

‘Our Issue Too: Voices from Asia’ by the Asia Network to End FGM/C and ARROW


  • Moderator: Ebony Riddell Bamber, Head of Advocacy & Policy, Orchid Project
  • Siva Thanenthiran, Executive Director, ARROW
  • Atashendartini Habsjah, Coordinating Head for Article 12, Cedaw Working Group Initiative, Indonesia
  • Prof. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Rashid Khan, Head, Department of Public Health Medicine, RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus
  • Ermiza Tegal, Lawyer and human rights activist, Sri Lanka
  • Zainab Ibrahim, Independent Researcher / Co-Lead, ‘Life Free From Violence’ Global Outcome for CARE International, Sri Lanka
  • Reyhana Patel, Head of External Relations, Islamic Relief (video message)

Recording available here

End of Programme Webinar Series: Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive, by Population Council

“Improving the Health and Legal Systems’ Response to FGM/C” 


Bettina Shell-Duncan, University of Washington (Moderator)

Jacinta Muteshi- Strachan, Population Council: ‘What We Set Out To Do and What Have We Accomplished’

Samuel Kimani, University of Nairobi, ACCAF: ‘Health Systems Strengthening, Kenya and Nigeria’

Agnes Meroka-Mutua, University of Nairobi, ACCAF: ‘FGM/C and Law in Burkina Faso, Mali and Kenya’

Flavia Mwangovya, Equality Now

Recording available here

“Understanding the What, Where and Why the Practice of FGM/C Continues”, Population Council


Bettina Shell-Duncan, University of Washington Seattle (Moderator)

Nada Wahba, Population Council, Egypt: ‘Social and Gender Norms, Egypt and Sudan’

Dennis Matanda, Population Council, Kenya: ‘Using Data to Inform Programming in Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya’

  1. Stanley Yoder, Medical Anthropologist

Nafissatou J. Diop, UNFPA

  • Intended for practitioners, researchers, donors and implementers, this series marks the end of a five-year programme intended to expand the body of evidence on the most effective and cost-effective approaches to ending FGM/C in different contexts. During the webinars, are shared findings from our research in eight African countries on FGM/C and discuss strategies to help end this harmful practice.
  • The PowerPoint presentations with links to the technical reports can also be accessed here
  • The webinar series was organised in the follow of the Population Council’s report ““Reflections from five years of research on FGM/C” (Available here)

Recording available here

Our issue too: Voices from Asia’ by Orchid Project and ARROW, Asia Network to End FGM/C

Following the launch of the Asia Network to End FGM/C’s consultation report, Orchid Project and ARROW invite you to join us for an informative and engaging webinar in order to highlight the findings of this report, to hear directly from the grassroots activists across Asia undertaking vital work to end the practice, and vital discussions on religion and medicalisation as drivers of FGM/C across the Asia region. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about getting involved with the Asia Network to End FGM/C.


Siva Thanenthiran, executive director at ARROW, Malaysia. She draws some preliminary conclusion on the Covid-19’s impacts on FGM/C and organisations’ work.

Atashendartini Habsjah, CEDAW Working Group Initiative, Indonesia. She presents how the treatment of FGM has evolved in Indonesia and shares some key initiatives and points of consideration in the fight against FGM.

Lo Riches, Advocacy & Policy Officer, Orchid Project. She highlights some key results of the Asia Network Consultation Report.

Dr Abdul Rashid Khan, Department of Public Health Medicine, RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus. delivers some preliminary conclusions from his research on FGM/C in Asia and the challenges to ending the practice on the continent

Ermiza Tegal and Zainab Ibrahim, activists in Sri Lanka. They explained how difficult it is to work on FGM in Sri Lanka as they are hardly recognized as an issue in the country. 

Recording available here

“Behind Covid-19: Lockdown on women’s rights?”, by No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) 

Program of the Webinar:

Leyla Hussein, psychotherapist and founder of the Magool Foundation (UK) highlighted some key implications of the Covid-19 crisis on mental health and FGM.

Isabela Mancini, deputy and president of the Italian NGO Nosotras Onlus addresses the question of migrant women and caregivers in Italia.

Natalia Garcia Caballo, activist in the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucia (Spain), emphasises on the “invisible”, on the women living thinks to informal economy or single mothers in exclusion.

  • This webinar is part of a broader webcast series “#BeyondCovid-19”. In this particular time, everyone’s eyes are on the COVID-19 emergency – rightfully so. In these challenging times of pandemic, human rights violations are still ongoing and are even intensified especially for the most vulnerable. “#BeyondCovid-19” aims to address issues linked to human rights and their violations affecting people in their everyday life in order not to forget them even during the pandemic.

Recording available here

Podcast Le Bruit qui Court : Episode 7 : « Ethiopie : Le village égalitaire d’Awra Amba et les Mutilations génitales féminines » (Disponible ici)

Le Bruit qui Court est un nouveau podcast féministe et de sororité internationaliste, donnant la parole aux femmes, de nationalités différentes, qui parlent de leur vie, de leur combat, de leur tradition. J’ai choisi d’aborder le thème des mutilations génitales féminines parmi d’autres sujets en lien avec les femmes et l’égalité du genre. 

  • Partagé par Edith Bardel, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), African Union Commission Headquarters
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