This is a webinar series on the Impact of Covid-19 on ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The first webinar was organized the 22nd of April 2020 and focused on the situation in Tanzania. Among others, Rhobi Samwelly, director of two safe houses in Tanzania for girls who escape for FGM shared with the audience how Covid-19 was impacting her work. In addtion, Annemarie gave a presentation on existing research, the similarities and differences between Ebola and Covid-19, potential risks, challenges, opportunities and solutions. The recording of webinar #1 is here.
The second webinar was organized the 7th of May 2020 and focused on the situation in Kenya. Among others, Margaret Oyugi of the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) shared with the audience how they developed new ways of advocay and campaigning (for examply by using the radio) in times when community outreach is impossible of Covid-19. In addition, Annemarie shared with the audience all input she received on the potential risks, challenges, opportunities and solutions related to Covid-19. The recording of webinar #2 is here.
This third webinar will focus on the situation in Asia. We'll invite speakers from Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Thailand to share with us their important experiences related to how Covid-19 is impacting their work in relation to FGM. We will talk about the possible delay of cutting ceremonies, the development of new apps that might help campaigners in the fight against FGM during times of social-distancing and isolation and the potential backlash that Covid-19 might cause in this region.
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