Involving different generations to favour women’s empowerment Judi Aubel, a member of the CoP on FGM, presented the work of the NGO the Grandmother Project and their project “the Girls’ Holistic Development (GHD) Program”, implemented in southern Senegal, by the NGO in close collaboration with the District Education Office. The objective of the program was “to increase girls’ success at school and to reduce the incidence of child marriage, teenage pregnancy and female genital mutilation”.
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”.
The technical note “Gender Transformative Approaches for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation” aims to help implement anti-FGM programmes that tackle root causes of gender inequality and redress the power dynamics and structures that serve to reinforce gender inequalities in societies.
In order to understand why approaches to end FGM must be gender transformative one needs to understand the basic concepts of gender and gender norms. “Gender norms refer to informal rules and shared social expectations that distinguish expected behaviours on the basis of gender. Gender norms are a subset of social norms and are often referred to as gender-based social norms. They dictate how men and women should behave.” UNICEF 2021
How can we use media to promote the abandonment of FGM? That was the question which was up for discussion when AIDOS spoke to activists and journalists who use radio and video, reporting, and storytelling to tackle FGM.
The Italian NGO AIDOS has always put a lot of focus on communication in its work to promote the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), in particular through training on the use of different types of media. These trainings aim to build the capacity of professionals to address the issue as well as to provide activists with the tools to speak with their own voices.
We have now come to the end of our thematic discussion on Law & FGM. It’s time to summarize these last weeks - what have we collectively learnt?
Legislation against FGM in North America: US and Canada
Every month, the CoP FGM published a press review with the latest news and tools on Female Genital Mutilation. Read the one for July and August 2021.
In Portugal a first FGM sentence is suspended after appeal, 2021.