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CHANGE Plus is a project aiming at promoting behaviour change towards the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in practising communities across the EU.
The project is coordinated by TERRE DES FEMMES and jointly implemented by seven European partner organisations and two African associated partners. It is co-funded by the European Union.
The partner organisations are:
The West-African associated partners are:
CHANGE Plus runs from 15th of January 2016 until 14th of January 2018.
The predecessor project, CHANGE, ran from March 2013 till February 2015 and has been implemented by Euronet-FGM, FORWARD, FSAN, Plan International, RISK and coordinated by TERRE DES FEMMES.
On September 26th 2017, representatives of FGM-practising communities will meet EU decision-makers in the European Parliament in Brussels. As part of the CHANGE Plus project, selected CHANGE Agents of the previous project, so called CHANGE Champions, passed a special leadership training to become active on the institutional level, advocating the support of survivors and the protection of girls. In this lobbying meeting, the CHANGE Agents/Champions will have the chance to seek dialogue with politicians on the European level and share their experiences from the grassroots level, giving advise on how to further tackle FGM.
A briefing for journalists will follow the meeting in the European Parliament.
In the afternoon a delegation of the representatives will meet with Monika Ladmanova, Gender Adviser in the Cabinet of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) to discuss experiences, future steps and demand further involvements and actions of the EU.
A parallel session for exchange of experiences between community representatives and other Brussels based NGOs is organised to elaborate common strategies and innovative solutions to achieve the common goal of putting an end to the practice of FGM in Europe and beyond. This meeting will take place at Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels.
On the occasion of the International Day „NO to violence against women!“ TERRE DES FEMMES organizes together with seven European partners the final conference of the CHANGE Plus project.
|When:||23.11.2017, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Where:||European House, Unter den Linden 78,
The final conference brings together FGM activists, community members, policymakers, key professionals and researchers to exchange experiences and to evaluate the impact of the CHANGE Plus project as well as to discuss the outcome of the strategies for the eradication of female genital mutilation across the European Union.
On Saturday, 22nd of July 2017, Sister Fa, activist and musician, organized an event for African communities at the family centre Horizonte in the berlin disctrict of Reinickendorf.
Sister Fa, who is also actively engaged against FGM with TERRE DES FEMMES, organized together with TDF CHANGE Agent Isatou Barry and other activists from African countries the event „How do we protect ourselves against violence – shall we talk or what else?!“. Different aspects of violence, including FGM, were discussed, illustrated by many examples. Our CHANGE Agent Barry was able to encourage an interesting discussion about the negative aspects and also new strategies to end female genital mutilation.
On 20th of July 2017 the CHANGE Agents of the CHANGE Plus project met for their 8th exchange meeting. The CHANGE Agents, who were trained to become multipliers in the fight against female genital mutilation last year, are now engaged to sensitize and inform in the African communities.
This Thursday afternoon the team CHANGE met to reflect about the last activities and talk about their work.