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Role of Men & Boys in ending FGM in Africa.

Problem

For a long time, men have been seen as a missing link in the quest to end FGM. 

Many men in practicing communities deny responsibility for FGM, often blaming it on women and being silent despite their influence in most patriarchal societies.

Purpose

This session brings together like-minded men, who have been championing an end to FGM to challenge other men to speak up and use their influence and power within their communities to end FGM. 

Target audience

Male legislators, religious leaders, students, EndFGM activists, CSOs, Journalists, women and girls

Objectives

  1. Share best practices on how to effectively engage and involve men in the EndFGM efforts
  2. Unpack positive masculinity,  and male allyship to the EndFGM campaigns to promote equality and equity for women. 
  3. Share success and impactful (local -regional) media interventions/ campaigns   
  4. Create a networking platform for men and boys to actively campaign against FGM in their communities.

Panelists

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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.