News about FGM

Vocational Training for Key Professionals about Female Genital Mutilation

The EU project “Let’s CHANGE” offers training for professionals around the subject of FGM.

CHANGE Trainers present at the symposium on intercultural health services in Augsburg. Photo: © Katrin JacobCHANGE Trainers present at the symposium on intercultural health services in Augsburg. Photo: © Katrin Jacob

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a widely practised tradition and a severe violation of human rights that affects at least 200 million girls and women in more than 30 countries. In Europe, too, statistics of the European Parliament in 2009 estimate that approximately 500.000 women and girls are affected and further 180.00 are at risk of undergoing FGM. In Germany, even though FGM is explicitly prohibited since 2016, the practise is continued due migration of affected communities. According to the latest estimations by TERRE DES FEMMES around 65.000 affected women and girls live in Germany. Another 15.500 girls are at risk of genital mutilation. However, many people in Germany are not aware of these high numbers and only a few of them are adequately educated and sensitised on the topic. Especially key professionals from relevant subject areas like health and social services usually lack enough knowledge and capabilities to deal with affected people.

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Start of the Campaign “Mein Körper – Unversehrt und Selbstbestimmt”

from left to right: Brian Thomas, Charlotte Weil, Victor Schiering, Seyran Ates, Holger Edmaier and Katharina Vater. Photo: © Martin Funckfrom left to right: Brian Thomas, Charlotte Weil, Victor Schiering, Seyran Ates, Holger Edmaier and Katharina Vater. Photo: © Martin Funck

As the start of the nationwide sensitisation campaign “Mein Körper -Unversehrt und Selbstbestimmt”, TERRE DES FEMMES has co-hosted a press conference and panel talk at the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte in Berlin on the 7th of May 2019, the worldwide day of genital autonomy (WWDOGA). TDF, MOGiS e.V. and Projekt 100% MENSCH invited press representatives and the general public to talk about the subject of their new campaign. The campaign opposes all kinds of genital mutilation on children and aims to raise societal awareness about this issue.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as well as male circumcision or male genital mutilation (MGM) and forced genital allocations on intersexual children violate the child’s right of bodily integrity. The panel consisted of FGM policy expert Charlotte Weil (TERRE DES VEMMES), Victor Schiering (MOGiS e.V.), Holger Edmaier (Projekt 1005 Mensch), Katharina Vater (InTra* counselling at Projekt 100% Mensch) and Seyran Ates (lawyer and founder of Ibn-Rushd-Goethe mosque).

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Now We Can Start – Last Session for the CHANGE Trainers

The CHANGE Trainers in discussio. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESThe CHANGE Trainers in discussio. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMES

Soon they are ready: The CHANGE Trainers of the EU-project “Let’s CHANGE” can now start giving training sessions on female genital mutilation (FGM) to key professionals. Through these training courses, key personnel from job areas like health services, child protection, education and asylum-seeking services acquire knowledge on how to deal with people affected by FGM.

On Saturday, 13th of April 2019, all six Trainers gathered in the TERRE DES FEMMES head office where FGM policy experts Dr. Idah Nabateregga and Charlotte Weil accompanied their last session.

 

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Panel Discussion and Press Conference: In Memorial of Worldwide Day on Genital Autonomy on the 7th May 2019

LogoOn the occasion of the worldwide day of genital autonomy (WWDOGA), TERRE DES FEMMES, Projekt 100% Mensch and MOGiS e.V. invite all interested people to a joint press conference at the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte (engl.: House of democracy and human rights) in Berlin on 7th May 2019 at 10.30 a.m.

The press conference serves as a starting point for the one-year sensitisation campaign “Mein Körper – Unversehrt und Selbstbestimmt” (My Body – Intact and Autonomous). The campaign advocates the genital autonomy of children and opposes all kinds of non-medical and unnecessary interventions on their genitalia.

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Motivated into the Next Project Cycle: First Training for CHANGE Trainers

The CHANGE Trainers are highly focused. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESThe CHANGE Trainers are highly focused. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMES

The co-financed European-wide project “Let’s CHANGE” has already gone full speed since the beginning of the year and on Saturday, the 16th of February 2019, the first training for the CHANGE Trainers took place. Quite early in the morning, they gathered in the Berlin head office of TDF where FGM policy experts Dr. Idah Nabateregga and Charlotte Weil already waited for them. Together both of them are realising the trainings sessions for the multipliers. Moreover, for some of the sessions, external experts will be invited.

It has been a happy gathering for everyone since the last meeting of the entire group was the Community-Kick Off in December 2018.

 

 

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