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Child protection and safeguarding masterclass launch

By Ayo Bello

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Problem
Working on the media can provide campaigners with a safer platform to speak out against FGM publicly. The flip side of this approach must be addressed, as activists’ efforts to break the silence around FGM can generate backlash and resistance,

Purpose
In this session, Ayo Bello discusses how campaigners can keep themselves and participants safe while working with the media. More specifically, explain GMC’s Child protection and safeguarding policy and share useful tools with campaigners on how to mitigate potential activities-related risks.

Goals
Explain what is at stake in anti-FGM campaigning, why it can generate backlash
Explain how to assess the social context (the potential for backlash) and act accordingly
Go through GMC’s child protection and safeguarding policy
Share experience on how to remain safe:
During call-in/interactive shows
Working in IDP camps
When working with younger people
When travelling for a grant
Explain how to report an issue or seek help during challenging times


Implementing partners
Global Media Campaign
UNFPA

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Jeremiah Kipainoi

Kipainoi is Director of Communications at GMC, and is working with activists to effectively run their media campaigns to end FGM in 9 African countries.He is an award-winning multimedia journalist covering women's rights issues and has been published on the BBC, Deutsche Welle, The New York Times, among others.He produced the End FGM Podcast and hosted the End FGM Live, bringing together local and global stakeholders working at the End FGM campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic.