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UNFPA PERSPECTIVES ON CULTURAL SENSITIVE APPROACHES. By Miriam Jato Senior Program Adviser, UNFPA Africa Division. Panel Discussion on Cultural Sensitive Approaches for Sustainable Abandonment of FGM/C Global Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation/Female Genital Cutting ,

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UNFPA PERSPECTIVES ON CULTURAL SENSITIVE APPROACHES

By Miriam Jato

Senior Program Adviser, UNFPA Africa Division

Panel Discussion on Cultural Sensitive Approaches for Sustainable Abandonment of FGM/C

Global Consultation on Female Genital Mutilation/Female Genital Cutting,

United Nations Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30 July-3 August, 2007


DISCUSSION POINTS

  • Key principles that guide UNFPA’s work

  • Elements of UNFPA cultural sensitive approaches

  • Norms for promoting cultural sensitive programming culture in UNFPA

  • “Culture lens” programming tool

  • Lessons learned

  • Conclusion


KEY PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE THE WORK OF UNFPA

  • UNFPA is mandated to address cultural issues

  • Culture is dynamic, interactive and subject to change

  • CS services enhance acceptance and ownership of services

  • CSA create enabling environment for promoting human rights

  • It is critical to build staff capacity


ELEMENTS OF UNFPA CS APPROACHES

  • Understanding the cultural contexts

  • Promoting human rights in ways that enable communities to own them

  • Creating positive environment for dialogue with stakeholders

  • Being patient

  • Respecting the cultures of others

  • Honoring commitments


NORMS FOR PROMOTING CS PROGRAMMING CULTURE IN UNFPA

  • Changing harmful cultural attitudes & behaviors & promoting positive ones

  • Mainstreaming systematically CSAs into programming processes

  • Understanding and working within the cultural dynamics in each society

  • Working with local power structures and religious institutions


ADDING THE “CULTURE LENS”TO UNFPA PROGRAMMING TOOLS

  • Means to enhanced strong community acceptance and ownership

  • Analytical and programming tool

  • Used to understand contexts and realities

  • Used to identify influential power structures


LESSONS LEARNED

  • Communities can be encouraged to incorporate recognized human rights into their own realities

  • Identify people who have the capacity and legitimacy to motivate and mobilize

  • Gain the support of local change agents and power structures before engaging with communities

  • Effective negotiation requires an understanding of the interests of diverse stakeholders


CONCLUSION

  • CSA as a means to promote program acceptance and ownership

  • CSA create bridges between local cultural values, human rights and gender equity

  • Capacity building of staff and partners for effective CS programming remains one of UNFPA’s key contribution


THANK YOU


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