TITLE: -CHANGE Plus. Promoting Behaviour Change towards the Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation in Practising Communities and CommunityBased Advocacy
AMOUNT: EUR 712 942,79
CHANGE Plus aims at raising awareness, changing attitudes and promoting behaviour change on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in practising African communities in four EU Member States (Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, France) through community assessment,capacity development/ mutual learning, exchange of good practices and the empowerment of community members.
Participatory research conducted in communities in Hamburg, behaviour change activities designed and assessed in communities in France, Portugal, and Hamburg
48 community members trained as CHANGE Agents , who implement 144 behaviour change activities
8 experienced community members trained as CHANGE Champions” who implement 48 activities, mentor CHANGE Agents, participate in local/national and EU advocacy events
project results disseminated to public, national stakeholders, EUstakeholders and decisionmakers
Type and number of persons benefiting from the project
min. 80 of participants at 16 local/national advocacy activities
min. 250 EU stakeholders benefit through communication and advocacy activities
around 140.000 of women and girls at risk of FGM and those whoare affected, benefit through better knowledge, greater awareness and behaviour change leading to better prevention and support
Individual project participants are empowered to act as catalysts of behaviour change (CHANGE Agents) community leaders (CHANGE Champions) are empowered to act as antiFGM advocates at the local/national/EU level.
African migrant communities, inparticular girls/women at risk of FGM and those already affected, benefit from community assessment and evaluation, awareness raising, dialogue and implementation of behaviour change activities; pressure on families to continue FGM is reduced; community voices are better integrated into local / nationallevel debates on the abandonment of FGM
Partners and other NGOs have better knowledge onstrategies to promote abandonment of FGM in practising communities in the EU
Local/national authorities, EU stakeholders and other relevant actors (e.g., key professionals) receive advice on how to better prevent FGM