Ending Female Genital Mutilation through the Power of Dialogue?

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The Potential of Dialogue and Faith-Based Approaches for Social Norm Change within Feminist Development Policy


Every year, 4 million girls worldwide are at risk to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) – an extreme human rights violation.

More than 200 million women and girls alive today live with the severe physical and psychological consequences.

The progress in FGM prevention has been slow and is partly reversed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Which approaches have German development cooperation and leading international organizations developed to address these challenges?

And how do these concepts link to a feminist development policy?

FGM is an expression of profound gender-based discrimination and violence and deeply rooted in social norms.

Prevention and containment efforts need to address these discriminatory norms and involve the entire community, including religious and traditional actors.

The event will particularly focus on dialogue and faith-based approaches and critically discuss their potential to bring about social norm change, and thereby overcome the harmful practice of female genital mutilation.

The event will also reflect on the contribution of dialogue and faith-based approaches – which have proven to be an effective tool for social norms change – to the implementation of feminist development policy.


Opening & Welcome Speech
Overcoming FGM in the framework of a feminist development policy
Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Setting the Scene
Input on the effectiveness of interventions addressing FGM
Nankali Maksud, Senior Advisor, Prevention of Harmful Practices, Child Protection, UNICEF

Panel Discussion
Dialogue and faith-based approaches in development cooperation
UNFPA Egypt (tbd)
Stefan Sengstmann, World Vision, Channels of Hope project in Mali
Samar Abdelrahman, Save the Children Canada, Somalia Team
Moderation: Anna von Roenne, Management4Health

Inken Denker, Head of division 412 – Gender Equality
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Please register with gender@giz.de until 16.09.2022 stating your name and organization.

When it’s time, join the MS Teams meeting here.