CHanging Attitude Plus: Young people engagement to prevent FGM in Europe has the overall goal to prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) in Europe through young people activation. FGM has become a European concern. It is estimated that around 600.000 women are living with the consequences of FGM in Europe and that a further 190.000 girls and women are at risk. The strategy is shaped around the pivotal role of youth who are empowered to foster dialogue on FGM.

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Materials for Young Change Makers

YMC training in Ireland

The first training for Young Change Makers took place in September in Ireland, organised by partner Akidwa at the Irish Commission for Human Rights and Equality, Dublin.

During the three-day training, 21 boys and girls participated with interest in sessions on female genital mutilation and communicating change; two gender experts addressed gender mainstreaming and gender-based violence, with the participation of a politician and a human rights expert from Akidwa.

Two leading Irish debating organisations, the Hist Debate Society, the oldest debating society in the world, and the Solicitors Apprentice Debate Society of Ireland, were involved to run debate modules, delivered by the two Irish Times Debate winners, engaging the group of young people in a debate on the question ‘Should countries that practice FGM be sanctioned?

YMC training in Portugal

The training in Lisbon also concluded with the participation of 21 YCMs!