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Community Picnic against FGM

The CHANGE Trainer and CHANGE Agents with the participants of their BCA. Photo: © Binta Fatty.The CHANGE Trainer and CHANGE Agents with the participants of their BCA. Photo: © Binta Fatty.

On Saturday, 6th of July 2019 the CHANGE Agents (CAs) Binta Fatty and Sahra Mahmud organized their first “Behavioural Change Activity” (BCA) in the context of the EU project Let’s CHANGE, in order to educate their communities on the topic of FGM. The BCA was implemented by the CHANGE Trainer (CT) and mentor Colette Tchoumbou.

For their BCA Colette and the CAs met with 35 adults and around 20 children, from Nigeria, Ghana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Togo, Mauretania, Senegal, the Gambia, Somalia, Sudan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Germany and Belgium, to have a picnic in the park.

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Let’s CHANGE: First BCA implemented by CHANGE Agent

Some of the participants at Sana Diedhiou's BCA. Photo: © Sana DiedhiousSome of the participants at Sana Diedhiou's BCA.
Photo: © Sana Diedhious
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On Sunday, 14th July 2019, Sana Diedhiou implemented his first Behavioural Change Activity (BCA) as a CHANGE Agent of the EU-funded project Let’s CHANGE. BCAs serve the sensitization and education concerning the topic of FGM in the CHANGE Agents’ communities.

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Let’s CHANGE – FGM-Workshop at Fashionshow

The CHANGE Agents Martha Waithaka and Fera Simanjuntak-Soltmann with their mentor Isatou Barry on the red carpet of the fasion show. Photo: &copy; Carsten BöttingerThe CHANGE Agents Martha Waithaka and Fera Simanjuntak-Soltmann with their mentor Isatou Barry on the red carpet of the fasion show. Photo: © Carsten BöttingerThe fifth Behavioural Change Activity (BCA) of the EU-funded Let’s CHANGE project took place on Thursday, 4th of July 2019, in the context of several fashion shows at MIO Club Berlin, during Berlin Fashion Week. The CHANGE Agents Martha Waithaka and Fera Simanjuntak-Soltmann, who was also one of the fashion shows’ organizers, put together a workshop regarding the topic of FGM. To join the workshop, the models booked for the fashion shows. as well as some of the CHANGE Agents’ friends and acquaintances, were invited.

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Men speak about FGM – The Let’s CHANGE project is picking up pace

The participant of the BCA, implemented and organized by Evariste Kapnang and Sana Diedhiou. Photo: &copy; Sana DiedhiouThe participant of the BCA, implemented and organized by Evariste Kapnang and Sana Diedhiou. Photo: © Sana Diedhiou

On Sunday, 30th of June 2019, the CHANGE Trainer Evariste Kapnang invited 12 male Berlin residents from Mali, Senegal, Gambia, and Cameroon, with the help of CHANGE Agent Sana Diedhiou, to share a meal and talk about FGM. The event was a held in the context of the EU-funded project Let’s CHANGE, as one of several Behavioural CHANGE Activities the CHANGE Agents need to organize. This BCA was the fourth one since April 2019.

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Trauma and Selfcare: 6th Training for the CHANGE Agents

The CHANGE Agents are networking with Dr. Lissa Masumbuku. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESThe CHANGE Agents are networking with Dr. Lissa Masumbuku. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESOn Saturday, 22nd June 2019, the CHANGE Agents of the EU-funded project Let’s CHANGE met up for their sixth training at the TERRE DES FEMMES (TDF) headquarters. The topic of this month’s session was “trauma and selfcare when working as a CHANGE Agent”, a subject matter of extreme importance for the CHANGE Agents, as they will - in the context of their work on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - probably interact with people who have been subjected to trauma. Clinical psychologist Alexandra Kampe, who works for the counselling centre at TDF, was therefore invited as an expert and talked to the CHANGE Agents about this difficult, yet very important topic.

She first informed the CHANGE Agents about the mechanisms, symptoms, and different types of trauma, all while giving them a chance to share their own experiences on that subject matter. Subsequently, the risk of being subjected to indirect or secondary trauma when working with victims of trauma was discussed, and the CHANGE Agents received some helpful advice for a professional interaction with traumatized persons.

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