In the area of FGM, CDF approaches the subject with:
Community Engagement models
We engage the community itself, government and traditional leaders, religious leaders and other stakeholders
to strengthen the partnerships in the fight against FGM, the custom behind it and the perception associated with the practice
Ex. In June 2015, CDF conducted a one day consultative meeting with religious and traditional leaders aiming to create interfaith forums to fight against child marriage and FGM in the Tarime district. The forum was composed of 25 leaders, members of the Police Gender Desk, social welfare officers and 3 media representatives
Capacity Development and Empowerment Training
With several trainings & workshops that address the build-up of skills for children, specifically girls, CDF works actively towards the empowerment of children. Trainings include business & entrepreneurial skills, nutritional education, health and sexual reproductive health and rights services, etc.
Ex. 1967 girls to date that ran away due to FGM were rescued and receive support
Ex. Over 160 girl are advocates and leaders in their communities through the girls clubs and young women’s network.
Ex. More than 3,838 community members including traditional and faith leaders have been made aware of girls’ rights – particularly the harmful effects of FGM, child marriage and GBV. This increases community support, as well as actions to protect girls’ from harmful practices
With campaigning we strategically raise awareness with the stakeholders in their own communities. Such campaign examples include:
Ex. End Violence Against Children 2014
Ex. House to House Campaign 2014 (Girls club and networks were provided with funds to support house to house campaigning on their activities & plans to end child marriage and FGM, as well as to raise awareness of the issues, reaching 1500+ girls)