LIFE+ | Workshop “Guide me to stop FGM” in Amman, Jordan

Updated: Apr 9, 2020

The workshop “Guide me to stop FGM” took place in Amman, Jordan in the period 17 – 23 February 2020. The workshop was part of the KA2 project “Standing up 2 FGM” which is an inclusive and participatory project that aims in strengthening the capacities of youth workers and NGOs in work with FGM. The project aims to build strong relationship between organizations in Europe and Tunisia. It will create a network of organizations from Europe and Arabic countries in area of fighting FGM. The partner organizations in the project are coming from Tunisia, Egypt, Germany, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, United Kingdom and of course the hosting country – Jordan.

The main aim of the workshop was the development of a guide for youth workers on FGM. In the working program were implemented also the following goals: learn everything from A-Z on FGM; history, traditions, religion and culture; reaching the communities; Art and medias; ICT and online tools; Examples of state institutions; Legislation; Best practices; Methodology in development of free resources.

During the first day of the activities, we all got to know each other, shared our fears, expectations and how we could contribute to the project. We talked more about what is FGM, the reasons why it is happening, who are the victims. how FGM is performed, who is taking the decision for doing it and how it started.

FGM is the removal of some or all of the external female genitalia of women and girls. It is practiced because of traditions, religion, culture, protection, social pressure and beliefs. The victims of FGM are mostly baby girls, few days after birth, in puberty, the girls in rural areas (mostly in Africa), etc. In the places where FGM is legal, usually they perform it in hospitals or clinics, but where it is illegal, it is done in underground places, keeping the procedure in secret, using knifes, needles or scissors. The decision could be taken by the family of the victim (mainly grandparents), community leader of the village, shaman, mothers who already undergone FGM and think it’s normal or the girls themselves.

At the second part of the activity’s day, we had two sessions, leaded by guest l