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  1. The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) "Combating FGM- challenges in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation" Vienna, June 12, 2007 Presenter: Berhane Ras-Work IAC Executive Director Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  2. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION Female Genital Mutilation understanding the nature and different implications of the problem Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  3. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION NATURE OF THE PROBLEM • Female Genital Mutilation - VIOLENCE against the female person and her body pain and suffering of the girl risk for her life social integration Ethiopia - drama show at school Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  4. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION • RELIGIOUS MISINTERPRETATION AND MISCONCEPTION The Holy Bible The Holy Koran CHALLENGE: clarify and dissociate the practice from the actual religious principles and teachings Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  5. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION • VIRGINITY satisfaction of the husband honor of the family CHALLENGES: • social • economical • political Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  6. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION • LACK OF EDUCATION ON THE PART OF WOMEN AND MEN CHALLENGE: Process of education and social mobilization Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  7. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION • LACK OF POLITICAL WILL AND COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE THE STATUS OF WOMEN Numerous conventions, declaration, and resolutions have been adopted to protect women and girls Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  8. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION • LACK OF POLITICAL WILL AND COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE THE STATUS OF WOMEN Regional level: • African Protocol • Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa • The African Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  9. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION • LACK OF POLITICAL WILL AND COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE THE STATUS OF WOMEN National level: 16 countries have legislated Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  10. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION • BUILDING INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  11. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION • OVERCOMING CHALLENGES INTEGRATED AND HOLISTIC APPROACH Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  12. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION DIALOGUES WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS Symposium for Religious Leaders – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  13. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION DIALOGUES WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS September 2007 Symposium for Religious Leaders in Cote d’ Ivoire • Assessing the impact and building on the success of the Cairo and Ouagadougou symposia • Enabling participants to share perspectives and experiences in their campaigns. • Strengthening partnership between IAC and the African network of religious leaders. Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  14. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION REACHING SOCIETY Youth projects Youth Forum, November 2006, Ethiopia Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  15. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION REACHING SOCIETY Alternative Employment Opportunities for ex-excisers Alternative income: production of shea tree butter and sale of sugar beets - Benin Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  16. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION REACHING SOCIETY Empowerment of women Ex-exicers learning a soap making trade. Niger 2003. Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  17. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION REACHING SOCIETY Training and Information Campaigns Training of Traditional Birth Attendants – Gambia Participants receive certificate after completion of the training - Cameroon Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  18. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION POLICY MAKERS Lobbying and working on anti-FGM legislation Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  19. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION POLICY MAKERS 2007 Symposium for Legislators in 5 countries: Sudan, Guinea, Benin, Djibouti, and Tanzania OBJECTIVES: • To draw attention to several international instruments that address the issue of FGM, such as Maputo Protocol • To sensitize, to lobby and to advocate for the ratification of the Maputo Protocol • To familiarize with The Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality • To empower legislators to change laws and make them applicable • To advocate for change in the application of laws Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  20. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION MEDIA IAC has been working with the media since 1992 2007 Workshops for the Media OBJECTIVES: • To involve modern media professionals in awareness and education campaigns on the elimination of HTPs. • To enable participants develop a communication matrix that would guide them to think through a communication intervention for behavior change (persuasive communication). • To identify the campaign methods that would interest the various target audiences of media professionals. • To engage the Media to give more visibility to February 6 as the International Day on Zero Tolerance to FGM. • To establish a Network of Media Professionals on HTPs Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  21. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION PRODUCTION OF MATERIALS AND LOBBYING IAC continues to lobby, produce appropriate materials in its attempt to draw world wide attention to the problem of FGM and other HTPs. Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  22. CHALLENGES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY networks collaboration IAC affiliates in Europe, Canada, USA, New Zealand, and Japan in addition to the 28 African countries Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  23. IAC’s activities has been evaluated Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)

  24. Eradication of harmful traditional practices VIOLENCE Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC)