On 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.
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.