How to put an end to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) through dialogue and advocacy.
The new project CHAT – Changing Attitude. Fostering dialogue to prevent FGM funded by the European Commission is promoted by Tree of Life International to fight the practice of female genital mutilation, and will work closely with other partners in 5 European countries: Portugal, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, UnitedKingdom.
The “CHAT” project addresses the issue in a comprehensive manner, working on 3 assets:
- Encourage the involvement of affected communities and, within them, of those who can have an active role to encourage a change of attitude, through concrete actions of 120 Positive Deviants;
- Increase the involvement of SMEs and the non-profit sector in raising awareness and combating gender violence;
- Facilitate co-development actions with the fight against mutilation even with the involvement of embassies and consulates.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
- 4 experts for each of the six European countries that will form the Steering Group;
- 4 Action Group composed of 24 key players from the community and trained on BCC activities and intercultural communication;
- 120 Positive Deviants who will be trained on techniques of beneficiaries’ awareness;
- more than 2,400 beneficiaries involved by the actions of the Positive Deviants;
- 90 SMEs and companies formed to CR actions against FGM;
- 60 migrant associations involved in co-development actions;
- 6 embassies and consulates involved in the promotion of co-development.
For a total of more than 2,700 people mobilized and 180,000 beneficiaries
The distinctive objectives of the project are:
- change generated by dialogue and confrontation intercultural approach;
- beneficiaries and communities as agents of change and active partnership in all phases of the project
- sharing best practices.