Proud of Me: FGM Campaign

Location:   

Abudwak, Galguduud

Aim:

To create awareness and to counter the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) by running campagins

Results:

  • 8 films have been produced and broadcasted on Somali universal TV and reached more than 1 million Somali speaking people;

  • Yearly, more than 3.000 women are made aware of the harmfullness of FGM via workshops, edutainment, radio;

  • Youth leaders, religious leaders and elders have committed to reject the practice of FGM and to support HIRDA and Karama in their activities on this subject.

Partners

 IMPACT Alliance (MFSII)

Click here for the website of the Proud of Me Campaign!

Schermafbeelding_2013-06-13_om_13.15.34.pngThough FGM is banned under the new constitution of Somalia, the practice of female circumcision still occurs in Somalia. The FGM procedure has no health benefits and it is extremely painful, especially since anaesthesia is not used. In rural locations the procedure is usually performed in unsterilized conditions with the use of knife, razor or broken glass. Between 100 to 140 million girls and women are living with the consequences of FGM worldwide.

As a leading Somali Diaspora organisation fighting poverty and inequality in Somalia by empowering women and girls, HIRDA has made counteracting FGM one of its top priorities. HIRDA works together with local communities and provides them relevant information on the subject and resources to run campaigns. In the campaign against FGM, HIRDA works in close cooperation with the women organisation Karama. Local elders and religious leaders in Abudwak have signed a petition against FGM after intensive meetings and lobbying by Karama. Youth leaders, religious leaders and elders in the region of Galguduud have committed to reject the practise and to support HIRDA and Karama in their campaign against FGM.

Schermafbeelding_2013-06-13_om_13.14.08.pngHIRDA and Karama reached out to young Somali men and organised a football game in September 2012 to raise awareness on the negative consequences of FGM and to encourage them to actively join the campaign against FGM. Prior to the game, a workshop on FGM took place, allowing players, coaches and spectators to all participate and join the conversation on FGM. In addition, HIRDA has produced a series of Somali films with WaayahaCusub (new era) that have been broadcasted on Somali universal TV for five months. These series have reached more than 1 million Somali ethnic people all over the world. With the continuous help of local, prominent figures HIRDA believes FGM can be countered.

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