Contributing to an increased efficacy of the legal and policy framework to prevent and combat FGM in Belgium, France and Italy.
Building on existing best practices at EU level;
Awareness-raising activities and campaigns;
Promoting the revision and implementation of policies, legislative and financial measures and procedures to assess prevalence, prevent and combat FGM at national level;
Increasing the capacity of key professionals and CSOs to:
provide support and protection to victims and potential victims of FGM;
provide treatment to female perpetrators,
and sensitise migrant communities at risk.
In advocacy, training and awareness activities, human rights advocates and CSO representatives from African countries where FGM is committed were invited, to share their experiences developed in 30 years fighting FGM.
This approach also contributes to amplify the Africa-led movement to combat FGM, and to undermine cultural relativism and the enduring stereotypes that impede behaviour change both within migrant communities and among professionals whose role it is to protect and promote the rights of victims and potential victims.
AMPLIFICATION & BEHAVIOURAL CHANGES
Multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder and integrated approach.
Collection of existing best practices from different countries for a more effective legal and policy framework to prevent and combat FGM.
Focus on prevalence, prevention, prosecution and protection, crucial aspects in preventing and combating FGM.
It is essential to criminalise the practice, but the legislative approach needs to be complementary to other types of intervention.
It represents an important contribution towards the reconciliation of legal and non-legal approaches, to be conducted in respect of different cultures and without any kind of moral condemnation.
Therefore, the approach promoted by this project appears to combine in an incisive way the value of promotion of human rights as an instrument of social change with the work with survivors, girls at risk, families and schools to stimulate and contribute to the path of behavioural change.