Every month, the CoP FGM published a press review with the latest news and tools on Female Genital Mutilation. Read the one for May 2021.
During the month of June the Community of Practice will discuss Intergenerational aspects of FGM!
The Community of Practice (www.copfgm.org) on FGM was first launched in February 2017. After 4 years of implementing the Community of Practice, GAMS Belgium wishes to evaluate the impact of the project and is therefore issuing the present call for consultancy.
The UNICEF (2020) technical note on Gender transformative programming to end FGM 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 this webinar the speakers presented their projects and programmes aiming to involve men and boys in the work against FGM. We addressed the main opportunities and challenges of male involvement as a strategy to bring about the gender transformative change that is so urgently needed.
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Rugiatu was an expert in the discussion on Conversion of traditional cutters as a strategy to end FGM. She shared her experience of implementing this method in Sierra Leone.
Members shared the difficulties they have encountered when working with the persons who practice FGM and engaging them in the work against the practice. The first difficulty that they stressed is the actual identification of the cutters. In fact, FGM-practitioners have different identifies and are perceived in a specific way in each community where FGM is practiced. In some communities, such as in Sierra Leone, it is easy to identify them, they may even be called by a specific name:
During the discussion, there seemed to be general consensus within the CoP FGM that the conversion of excisors is not a strategy that would work in isolation, but instead would be effective if part of more holistic community approaches. Members stressed that FGM is a multi-faced societal problem that needs a multi-facet approach, with programmes that reach everyone in the society. They stressed the importance of considering the complex power structures that lie behind the practice. When conversion of cutters into alternative professions is included in this global approach, it needs close monitoring and follow-up to be sure that it is effective.
Members expressed critical voices against conversion as a strategy to end FGM.