After two years of work, is closed the project "CHAT: Changing Attitude. Fostering Dialogue to Prevent FGM", coordinated by the Fondazione l'Albero della Vita and funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program of the European Union, which included the participation of the Wassu-UAB Foundation together with five other entities from Italy , Portugal, Holland, United Kingdom and Austria.
The closing of the CHAT materialized with the conference "Female Genital Mutilation: the phenomenon in Italy and Europe. Sharing Perspectives among political institutions, civil society and private sector", held on May 16 in Rome. At the meeting, researchers, political representatives, companies and civil organizations analyzed the complexity of the issue of FGM from different angles, as well as the need for an intercultural communication approach, based on dialogue and the exchange of experiences to promote a deep positive change, prevent and finally reach the abandonment of the practice.
In the Sala dell'Instituto de Santa Maria in Aquiro - Senato della Repubblica, more than 10 invited guests were divided into three thematic panels: "FGM in Europe: a picture of the phenomenon", "Effectiveness of National and European prevention policies", and "Good practices and challenges in FGM prevention: communities, business sectors and Embassies".
This European project contemplated three lines of action, aimed at creating agents of change to promote the prevention and abandonment of FGM. The first focus was on migrant communities from countries where this traditional practice is carried out. They mobilized, trained and sensitized young people, women and men who transmitted the acquired knowledge and involved more people from their communities.
Secondly, we worked with the private sector, trying to involve it through its corporate responsibility strategies and dissemination channels. Finally, the project also included work with migrant associations, who sought to support co-development activities aimed at positively changing attitudes around FGM in their countries of origin, in coordination with Embassies and Consulates at their destination.