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Kick-Off Meeting will be held in Berlin on 3rd/4th of March 2016

The Kick-off meeting of the two-year EU funded CHANGE Plus project will be held on 3rd and 4th of March 2016. It takes place at TERRE DES FEMMES’ Federal Head Office in Berlin.

The partner organisations Stiftung Hilfe mit Plan from Hamburg/Germany, FSAN from the Netherlands, APF from Portugal, Équipop from France, AIDOS from Italy and the Coventry University from London/UK as well as the European network End FGM will come to Berlin to discuss the strategies and activities of CHANGE Plus as well as the first steps already done in the project.

TERRE DES FEMMES is launching new Project CHANGE Plus on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within African Communities in the European Union

The EU Parliament estimates that up to 500,000 girls and women in the European Union are affected by FGM and another 180,000 are at risk of being subjected to the practice. To protect these girls and women, TERRE DES FEMMES is coordinating the international two-year project CHANGE Plus which aims at promoting behaviour change towards the abandonment of FGM in practising communities in the EU. The project will be implemented together with the partner organisations Plan Stiftungszentrum in Hamburg/Germany, Federatie van Somalische Associaties Nederland (FSAN) in the Netherlands, Associação para o Planeamento da Família (APF) in Portugal, Équilibres & Populations (ÉquiPop) in France, Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo (AIDoS) in Italy and the Coventry University in London/UK. The European network End FGM is involved in CHANGE Plus for the EU-wide dissemination of the project’s results.

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The CHANGE project will continue!

The European Commission has awarded TERRE DES FEMMES and the project partnership with new funds to continue working with CHANGE Agents in several EU countries. 

Starting date for CHANGE Plus is on 15th of January 2016.

Project partners are Plan Stiftung in Hamburg, EquiPoP in France, FSAN in the Netherlands, the Coventry University, UK and APF, Portugal, AiDos in Italy and the European Network End-FGM.

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Training for CHANGE Agents started!

Community trainer Gwladys Awo from Stiftung Hilfe mit Plan (in the centre) with two CHANGE Agents. Photo: © Stiftung Hilfe mit PlanCommunity trainer Gwladys Awo from Stiftung Hilfe mit Plan (in the centre) with two CHANGE Agents. Photo: © Stiftung Hilfe mit PlanOver the last few weeks, the first training sessions were held by the European partner organisations. People from different African communities are trained on issues related to FGM to enable them to sensitise their own communities as a CHANGE Agent afterwards. Cultural, social, religious, legal and health dimensions of FGM are contents of the training.

After a general introduction to FGM and the CHANGE Plus project, the first training session dealt with gender and women’s rights. Objectives of the session were to understand that gender is a result of socialisation and to recognise the link between gender inequality and discriminatory power structures. CHANGE Agents should strongly believe in the empowerment of girls and women and the promotion of their rights and reject all gender-based violence, including FGM.

Over the coming months, 48 CHANGE Agents and 8 CHANGE Champions in total will be trained in four European countries to promote behaviour change towards the abandonment of FGM in practising communities within the EU.

First training session was held in Berlin!

From left to right: Colette Tchombou, Charlotte Weil (Project Manager), Fadhumo Musa, Idah Nabateregga (Community Manager), Isatou Barry, Tiranke Diallo, Evariste Franz Kapnang Tchaptchet: Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESFrom left to right: Colette Tchombou, Charlotte Weil (Project Manager), Fadhumo Musa, Idah Nabateregga (Community Manager), Isatou Barry, Tiranke Diallo, Evariste Franz Kapnang Tchaptchet. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESOn the 27th August the first training session for CHANGE Agents took place at TERRE DES FEMMES’ headquarter in Berlin. The seven Agents Colette Tchoumbou, Evariste Franz Kapnang Tchaptchet, Isatou Barry, Tiranke Diallo, Fadhumo Musa, Mai Ali and Fatou Diatta originally come from African countries with high FGM prevalence, e.g. Gambia, Guinea, Somalia and Sudan. All CHANGE Agents are active members of their respective communities in Berlin and they are all living in Germany for many years now. Over the coming months the CHANGE Agents will be trained on different issues of FGM. Idah Nabateregga, the Community Manager, will coordinate the whole sessions.

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Amsterdam: Second Coordination Meeting for Project Partners

Participants of the 2. Coordination Meeting in Amsterdam. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESParticipants of the 2. Coordination Meeting in Amsterdam. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESOn 23rd of September 2016, FSAN was hosting the Coordination Meeting for all Project Partners of the CHANGE Plus project, which is co-funded by the European Union, in Amsterdam. All of the European project partners – TERRE DES FEMMES, AIDOS, APF, Coventry University, End FGM, Equipop, FSAN and Plan Stiftung – were participating in the meeting.

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Second Training Sessions held in Berlin and Lisbon

CHANGE Agent Training in Berlin Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESCHANGE Agent Training in Berlin. Photo: © TERRE DES FEMMESIn the course of the CHANGE Plus project, which is co-funded by the EU, TERRE DES FEMMES and APF are organizing trainings to educate CHANGE Agents. After finishing the training the CHANGE Agents work as ambassadors of behavioral changes in their own communities. In total, 48 CHANGE Agents will be trained in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and France. The second session dealt with the concept of Gender as well as legal dimensions of FGM.

 

 

 

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1st and 2nd CHANGE Agents Training in Paris and Amsterdam

Training in Amsterdam. Foto: © FSANTraining in Amsterdam. Foto: © FSANOn Saturday 10th and 17th of September 2016 Equipop and FSAN held their very first training to the future CHANGE Agents in Paris and Amsterdam. After a warm welcome and exchanging mutual greetings, Aurélie Desrumaux, CHANGE Plus project coordinator for Equipop in Paris, and Zahra Naleie, project coordinator for FSAN who is also leading the trainings in Amsterdam, started the session and let the Agents introduce themselves. The CHANGE Agents are men and women coming from different African countries belonging to different social and age groups. Following the “getting to know one another”, Zahra and Sohkna Fall Ba (community manager of Equipop who is leading the trainings in Paris) started presenting module 1 “Introduction to CHANGE Plus and FGM”. All the Agents were enthusiast of hearing about the project and showed sincere involvement and motivation to stop FGM. They also gave some examples of activities they would love to organize in order to reach their communities. Then they talked about their motivation to become a CHANGE Agent and challenges within this mission. After lunch the trainers introduced the topic of FGM and explained the origins of it, the different types and the risks that FGM brings to the women’s health. All the Agents were very interested and shared their experiences and opinions.

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