General Assembly 2020 - Part 2

On 22 September, the End FGM European Network held the second part of its 2020 General Assembly.

To find out what happened during the first part of End FGM EU's 2020 General Assembly, you can read more here.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we did not see each other face-to-face, but we decided anyway to organise a day completely dedicated to our Members.

The General Assembly - Part 2 was about our Members sharing with each other their work, ideas and experiences: there have been parallel sessions from different Members and Ambassadors in the morning, and an advocacy workshop in the afternoon. The day was designed in a way that numerous participants from each organisation could take part and focus on the workshops which interested them the most.

After the Opening by our Co-Presidents, as well as an Introduction to our new Director, the General Assembly - Part II started with the many parallel sessions of the day:

Isatou Barry, End FGM EU's Ambassador, talked about engaging with FGM-affected communities during COVID-19. She explained why it is important to engage FGM-affected communities during the pandemic, how it is possible to reach out to them during this difficult time and what are the challenges.

Our Spanish Member UNAF shared a tool to deal with Female Genital Mutilation: sexual education. They started explaining what sexualities are and then they talked about the possibilities and the opportunities that sexual education gives, while working with FGM-Survivors and also with professionals.

Stephanie Florquin, from GAMS Belgium, and Idil Hassan, GAMS Belgium's volunteer, presented the ACCESS project: a European project aiming to facilitate access to prevention, protection and support for migrant women in Europe who are confronted with gender-based violence. The four pillars of the project are:

  • The training of peer educators;
  • The training of professionals;
  • The awareness-raising campaign (both online and in migrant communities);
  • The online support & mapping of services.

You can find out more about the ACCESS project here.

Rodrigue Bukungu Nkwayaya, End FGM EU's Ambassador, and Johanna Latvala, from our Finnish Member FLHR, talked about the topic Men & FGM, approaching it in different ways. Rodrigue Bukungu Nkwayaya shared his experience as a facilitator and with the Empowerment Paths project, while Johanna Latvala presented the results of a FLHR's recent study: "Awareness and perception of Somali men in the Helsinki region”.

Leethen Bartholomew, from the National FGM Centre (UK), talked with Ellie McCoy, from the Public Health Institute at the Liverpool John Moores University, about the independent evaluation of implementing system change in Staffordshire, UK.

In the afternoon, the Advocacy Team guided our Members through the Advocacy Toolkit, that End FGM EU published in July for the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. The workshop explained how to use the Beijing Toolkit and it helped our Members see the best strategies to advocate to ensure the impact of their work at policy level.