Female Genital mutilation (FGM) – The start
ACDA has started addressing the various forms of violence against children, especially Female Genital mutilation (FGM), since 2003 till now.
Since 2003, ACDA contributes in educating the community members and the governmental bodies about the harmful effects of female circumcision\ Female Genital mutilation (FGM), and its negative consequences. As well as, the problems which are resulting from early marriage for children of losing the rights of children and wives.
ACDA addressed the forms of violence through a number of stages:
The first stage: Breaking the silence
The second stage: Positive models
Then the second stage, adopting the strategy of positive models, started after breaking the silence. Positive models are members of community who are convinced of the damages of FGM and have taken on the responsibility of educating their peers as they are belonging to the same community and have the same customs and traditions.
Therefore, ACDA provided those positive models with training workshops by of specialized doctors and Islamic and Christian clergy to raise their capabilities and provide them with the correct information about female circumcision and its misconceptions and how to respond to questions related to the topic.
Then, positive models were started to provide awareness to their peers within the communities, within 6 districts in Assiut.
The third stage: Families announce abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation
Fourth stage: Building the capabilities of the government cadres
ACDA started to form more partnerships with governmental bodies for more cooperating for facing forms of violence against children due to their great role in spreading awareness and taking the required measures to face the various forms of violence and also to ensure the sustainability of the efforts of addressing FGM issue. Also, it was important to unite the messages within all the governmental institutions, such as Directorate of education, Directorate of youth and sports, Directorate of health, which deal on a daily base with the family members in the communities. So ACDA was concerned about building the capabilities of a number of cadres within each sector of the governmental institutions to eliminate the crime of female circumcision and raise their awareness in (Assiut – Sohag – Qena – Aswan), as a result those cadres will be responsible for Raising the awareness of their peers within their institutions as well as Raising the awareness of the community members they are communicating with. i.e youth who are attending youth centers and health units..etc.
For uniting efforts and solidarity to eliminate FGM, ACDA had many partnerships at Assiut, Sohag, Qena, and Aswan;
- 27 CDAs
- Health and Population Directorates
- Youth and sports directorates
- Directorates of Social Solidarity
- Ministry of Education
- The Egyptian family home in Assiut
- Assiut Directorate of Endowments
As a result of ACDA’s efforts, the association became a member of the National Committee for the Elimination of FGM.
International Conference to End Female Genital Mutilation Burkina Faso in 2018
UNICEF and UNFPA consultation meeting 2019
As a partner of UNICEF, ACDA attended the annual consultative meeting of the representatives of UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund 2019. The conference was attended by representatives of 27 countries, and it aimed to discuss the efforts made to eliminate the crime of FGM and present Egypt’s efforts towards ending FGM crime. Whereas National Committee to eliminate FGM was established in June 2019.