Project Lead(s): Ahmed Mo'alim
This project addresses Female genital cutting (FGC) in Mogadishu, Somalia. The project seeks to educate, provide information, and sensitize Somali men and women, their children and social networks about female genital cutting and womens’ health. The project will seek to disseminate correct information, encourage dialogue, and to train and network, in the interest of contributing to the eradication of FGC. It will address social justice issues, including protection and the development of safety nets. It will also address reproductive health and family planning, including issues of early, forced marriage.
It will implement and test this program in Mogadishu neighborhoods, as well as on internally Displaced Persons camps, in order to foster informed dialogue on women's rights and health, and specifically, female genital cutting. The project goals include: engaging 1000 youth, 100 activists, 100 elders, 50 traditional and/or religious leaders, and 10 FGC survivors; enrolling 300 other individuals in the “No to FGC” campaign. It will aim to increase knowledge, and to change the attitudes and behaviours of children after school visits.