December 28th 2018 was the last activity day of our youth exchange ‘Young Men Speak Out‘ (against Female Genital Mutilation, FGM) in Amsterdam.
During the first exchange week in London in October 2018, we informed the group about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and during the workshops we discussed and talked about the consequences for woman. We practiced in small groups how to start a conversation/tell the story to friends and family members and took snap-shots while the participants were practicing. These snap-shots were used to create comic conversation-cards to help the participants to begin conversations about FGM with their friends, family and community.
During the second exchange week our participants applied the learned conversation-methods while using the comic cards to start conversations with other youngsters during ‘Indoor Soccer Tournament HIRDA AFT Winter Cup 2018′ in Amsterdam. We were honored to meet and interview Mayor Abdirahman O. Osman of Mogadishu (capital of Somalia) who was also attending the Soccer Tournement. We handed over the conversation cards to the Mayor and talked about our project YMSO, empowering the Somalian youth and about (FGM) in the Somalian community.
Below you can see the comic conversation cards we made during the project. Please download and use them to start your own conversation about FGM!
We are proud to have been able to work with our partner the UBELE Initiative and project-guiders HIRDA Amsterdam, FORWARD UK and Jubba Youth from the UK.
We are even more proud of the young men who participated in this project. They were able to question the myth and opinions on FGM which affects millions of young girls. FGM is practiced in more than 29 countries across Africa, parts of the middle east, South east Asia and countries where migrants from FGM affected communities live.
Our young men are against FGM and will carry this message out in their communities. Change starts with them!
We hope to be able to continue this project with other young men and other organizations in Europe.
Read more about this project on our project page: YOUNG MEN SPEAK OUT.
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