On May 30th, the End FGM European Network held the “Building bridges between the EU and countries of origin” seminar in Brussels. The seminar focused on the Networks 2017 theme: “Building Bridges” defined by “Synergies and cooperation between actors from different sectors in EU countries of residence and in countries of origin to implement actions, policies and legal frameworks to end FGM tackling the transnational nature of this practice”.
With FGM now recognised as a global issue affecting all continents including Europe, the practice must be addressed in bi- and multilateral discussions among countries and stakeholders and requires the development of measures with a cross-border dimension and collaboration among EU stakeholders and with partners in countries of origin.
Seminar presentations were delivered by various FGM organizations including:
The aims of the seminar were to provide the opportunities for different stakeholders in the field of FGM to:
- Discuss the concept of the Building Bridges approach
- Explore promising practises
- Learn from one others experiences
- Share ideas and recommendations on how to address challenges and brainstorm on the way forward
To view all livestreamed presentations via facebook live click here.
Find below presentations & videos from the Building Bridges Seminar:
The “Video Filmed letters” project - FGM exchanges between Fulani migrants in Belgium and their community in Velingara, Senegal
Seydou Niang, GAMS Belgium
Building bridges with local partners to catalyse change in rights of girls and young women in Tanzania
Naana Otoo-Oyortey, FORWARD UK
Preventing FGM in the EU through empowerment and mobilisation of Migrant Women: the application of R-A Methodology in the AFTER Project
Rossana Scaricabarozzi, ActionAid International Italy
Building a national action plan (NAP) for the abandonment of FGM in Somalia
Ifrah Ahmed & Louise Dawson, Ifrah Foundation Somalia/Ireland
Building bridges between Africa and Europe to tackle FGM. A pilot experience
Clara Caldera, AIDOS Italy / Aurélie Desrumaux, Equipop France / Stéphanie Florquin, GAMS Belgium
Using Communication to Support Social Change in Africa and the Diaspora Kékéli Kpognon, The Girl Generation: Together to End FGM
Media building bridges - The Guardian Campaign