A dialog with local and international experiences. 

ENG: On the 6th of July in L’Aquila, Italy, the Festival della Partecipazione took place with the participation of ActionAid Italia, Slowfood Italia and Cittadinanzattiva. The topics of the event went deep into local and international experiences. Here, women were directly involved and responsible for a change in services and policies. They started a new process, they broke the chains of gender violence, in particular FGM/C violence, which was particularly underlined.

ITA: Il 6 luglio a L’Aquila in Italia, ha avuto luogo il Festival della Partecipazione con la partecipazione di ActionAid Italia, Slowfood Italia e Cittadinanzattiva. Il talk dell’evento  è andato a esplorare a fondo le esperienze locali e internazionali, in cui le donne sono direttamente responsabili dei cambiamenti nei servizi e nelle politiche. Hanno dato il via a un nuovo percorso, hanno spezzato le catene della violenza di genere, in particolare quella legata alle MGF, la quale è stata sottolineata in modo particolare.


The event opened with the intervention of Beatrice Costa − programs department manager of ActionAid Italia. She focused on the unconventional women’s perception in the participation dynamics and on individual and collective paths in local and international experiences. The social dialogue has been very positive, the project manager of AFTER in Rome, Giulia D’Aguanno, explained how individual activism, institutions and communities are integrated in AFTER project.

It can be neatly summarized with her own words:

“We believe that activism and participation are fundamental in the change process during the Empowerment Path, here women and men become change catalyst. Using the Reflection-Action methodology has been a very  strong point. It encourages debate and participation”.


The dialogue with the Tanzanian team:


  • What difficulties do women meet when they try to free themselves from violence?

    “Violence against women in Tanzania is eradicated in traditions and cultural believes, so violence is normalized and women have many difficulties in react and denounce” 



  • How and how much did the real activism like AFNET manage to change the role of institutions on FGM/C issue?

    “We work actively with institutions to involve them in prevention and awareness actions, and schools to educate girls, to gain the power and encourage them to say no to FGM”;

    “In our work we have convinced 600 Ngariba (women who practice FGM on girls) to abandon their tools and join the campaign against FGM”



  • Could you tell us, how do you live the change that brought you from being a practitioner to an activist against FGM/C, and how important is it to let this change start from within yourself?

    “I thank you and I ask you to stick together to fight FGM, we came here from far away to bring a  testimony and we saw such beautiful projects, I ask you to cooperate with us and to export to our land the positive activities you carry on in Italy”;

    “I ask all women and men to fight together to eradicate the practice”