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.