A documentary and videos will be produced in order to disseminate messages and opinions of religious leaders and activists sharing stories of empowerment, mobilization and rejection of FGM/C. The videos will be shot in African and EU countries and they will be used both in the participatory paths to introduce the topic, and in the dissemination activities to show positive results of Reflection-Action methodology.
Furthermore different local events will be organised throughout the life of the project to disseminate the results of project activities among key local and national stakeholders. At the end of the project there will be a final international conference in Brussels where the project results, lessons learned and policy recommendations on the prevention of FGM/C will be shared with relevant European stakeholders.
"Most of our work on women's rights is based women's empowerment, for girls and women to claim their rights and reject all forms of gender-based violence".
Elizabeth is the Programme Manager for the rights of women in ActionAid Liberia and has clear ideas on how to combat all forms of violence against women, including the practice of female genital mutilation, which still affects 200 million people worldwide. (read more)
"My fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) began 25 years ago, when I was 15. My cousin wanted to undergo this practice and I managed to save her by making her talk to my father, being a teacher, he was well informed about the consequences and therefore he was contrary this practice. (read more)
"I was very young when I began to ask: Why is it happening? Because people are fine with girls suffering? ".
Sadia is a Director of ActionAid Somaliland; the country where female genital mutilation (FGM)- a practice that violates human rights, as well as being extremely painful and dangerous to the physical and mental health of the sufferer, is still practiced on 97% of women and girls. (read more)