BENEFITING: US-AFRICA SYNERGY
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Protecting the Rose Campaign aims to reduce Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM) of girls aged 0-15 years by 25% in 3 years in all five boroughs of New York City. Since 2011 we have worked to prevent the occurrence of FGM in African communities of the New York Metropolitan area and to end the taboo surrounding FGM. We will continue to promote FGM abandonment—leveraging emerging social dynamics within the affected communities, while also contributing to national, regional and global efforts to eliminate FGM in one generation. Our program is human rights-based, culturally-sensitive and is a holistic approach used to support communities to change social norms and to enable New York city through private-public partnerships to create environments that cause social change that permanently abandons FGM.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women. And it causes severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths.
40,000 girls in New york City are at risk of undergoing this Practice every year. About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM. In Africa, an estimated 92 million girls, aged from 10 years old and above have undergone FGM according to the World Health Organization. African immigrants of communities accustomed to FGM in Africa still performing secretly this practice FGM in the United States.
Cultural and social reasons are exploited to defend the practice of FGM even though mutilated females beard physical and psychological trauma of this ordeal for their entire lives if they are lucky enough to survive countless infections, pregnancy complications, excessive hemorrhaging, painful sexual relationships, frigidity, etc. FGM remains unfortunately a taboo with the accomplice silence of survivors, practitioners and parents.
HOW FUNDS WILL BE SPENT:
a) A comprehensive understanding of the community’s mental map and culture, as a basis for the development of effective and results-oriented FGM interventions.
b) Building partnerships and coordinated campaigns among organizations.
c) Communication program that raises awareness and promotes attitude change among individuals and families, and stimulated dialogue.
d) New insights on the social dynamics of FGM based on recent social science theory.
e) A committed government that supports elimination of FGM with effective enforcement of legislation and provision of resources.
f) Mainstreaming of FGM issues into reproductive health care and poverty eradication issues.
g) Trained staff that can recognize and manage the physical, sexual and psychological consequences of FGM.
h) Coordination among governmental and non-governmental agencies.
i) A network that advocates for increased support for programs and public education.
OUTCOMES TO ACHIEVE:
Change in the social norms that promote the abandonment of FGM in communities where FMG is practiced
1. Assist in the effective enforcement of current NY state laws against FMG and use of the legal system to promote the abandonment of FGM.
2. Target local community level commitment to FGM abandonment
3. Media campaigns and other forms of communication dissemination are organized to support and publicize FGM abandonment
4. Use of new and existing data for implementation of evidence-based programming and for evaluation.
5. FGM abandonment integrated and expanded into reproductive health policies.
6. Partnerships with religious groups and other organizations and institutions are consolidated through a formal network to be managed by US Africa Synergy.
7. Tracking of program benchmarks and achievements to maximize program accountability.
8. Contribute to local, regional, national and global dynamics for the cause.
Initiate and sustain a formal Network to advocate for abandonment of 25% of FGM cases in three years.
1. Strengthen collaboration with key development partners on the abandonment of FGM
2. Existing theories on the functioning of harmful social norms are further developed and refined with a view to making them applicable to the specific realities of FGM in New York city affected communities.
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