Exchange Meeting with Advisory Centre FEM Süd to Discuss New Peer Project

from left to right: Umyma El-Jelede, Hilde Wolf (FEM Süd), TDF policy specialist Charlotte Weil, Mai Ali, Lovina Okonkwo (Student Intern TDF). Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMES

Last week’s Thursday, 26th July 2018, has been an exciting opportunity for TERRE DES FEMMES to deepen the collaboration with feminist organisations from our neighbouring country Austria. Charlotte Weil welcomed to medical practitioners from a Vienna-based counselling centre in the head office in Berlin. The two women were part of a counselling team that is particularly specialized in women’s and girl’s health, called FEM Süd, and attended the meeting in representation of the entire team: One of them is a health psychologist and head of the centre, Hilde Wolf, the other is a health counsellor and trained physician, Umyma El-Jelede.

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New Data on the Unreported Cases of Female Genital Mutilation in Germany – this time, with a breakdown of all federal states

Recent data show that the number of unreported cases of FGM in Germany is increasing again, with a growing number of girls that are at risk of being mutilated. The figures illustrate a great challenge on how to manage this subject, but simultaneously, they also motivate for more work on prevention and sensitization.

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Human Rights Council passes resolution to end female genital mutilation

The UN Human Rights Council has recently decided on a resolution to fight female genital mutilation. The paper contains several ideas and thoughts from the EU-projects CHANGE Plus and United to END FGM in which TERRE DES FEMMES and other European partners have participated. The fact that all member states of the council have commonly decided on a resolution on this issue, illustrates the acknowledgment of the work civil society actors like those in the END FGM network do and motivates for further projects in the future.

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European Exchange Meeting in Berlin

European Exchange Meeting CHANGE Plus. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESEuropean Exchange Meeting CHANGE Plus. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESOn 22nd November 2017 the European Exchange Meeting (as part of the CHANGE Plus project) took place in Berlin. CHANGE Agents from each partner organization attended the meeting to exchange views, share their experiences in the project, and prepare for the flag action and the final conference on the 23rd. The Change Agents discussed the following topics: “Engaging as a CHANGE Agent/Champion – why and how?”, “Talking about challenges – how do you respond to resistance/rejection?”, “Lessons learned – how to improve the work as a CHANGE Agent?”, “Working with media – Strategies and self-care” and “Targeting the political level – lobbying and advocacy work”. Very fruitful discussions and mutual learning took place.

We would like to thank all the CHANGE Agents for their participation.

Save the date: CHANGE Plus Final Conference in Berlin at 23th of November 2017

On the occasion of the international day „NO to violence against women!“ TERRE DES FEMMES organizes together with seven partners the final conference of the CHANGE Plus project. The CHANGE Plus project, which is co-funded by the EU, aims at training members of communities in Germany and Europe, in which FGM is practised, to further sensitize other community members for the consequences of FGM.

On November 23rd, the CHANGE Plus project will conclude with a final conference in Berlin. The CHANGE Agents and Champions will organize the final conference for a conclusion and evaluation and for an outlook on further effort to ending FGM together with the project partners. Representatives from the two West African associate partners, representatives from the EU Commission and many more guests will attend the conference.

The event will include keynote speeches, a panel discussion on the impact of the project as well as parallel roundtable discussions, which each focus on specific aspects of FGM, prevention strategies and project evaluation. Prior to the conference, at 9.30 a.m, the TERRE DES FEMMES flag campaign with focus on FGM on the subject „Protecting girls!“ is going to take place at the Brandenburg Gate next to the Representation of the European Commission.

The final conference on November 23rd will mark the end of the CHANGE Plus project, yet the effort to induce change in attitude and behaviour towards the practice and the joined commitment to ending FGM will continue.

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