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CHANGE Plus is a project aiming at promoting behaviour change towards the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in practising communities across the EU.
The project is coordinated by TERRE DES FEMMES and jointly implemented by seven European partner organisations and two African associated partners. It is co-funded by the European Union.
The partner organisations are:
The West-African associated partners are:
CHANGE Plus runs from 15th of January 2016 until 14th of January 2018.
The predecessor project, CHANGE, ran from March 2013 till February 2015 and has been implemented by Euronet-FGM, FORWARD, FSAN, Plan International, RISK and coordinated by TERRE DES FEMMES.
Within the project CHANGE Plus the CHANGE Agents and CHANGE Champions in Hamburg made a thirteen-minute awareness raising video about the situation of FGM survivors in Germany. The film was produced together with the CHANGE Plus partner organisation Stiftung Hilfe mit Plan in Hamburg.
The CHANGE Agents and Champions themselves developed the film’s concept, wrote the screenplay, and played characters in the plot.
On February 25, the CHANGE Agents in Berlin got together for an exchange meeting. Fadhumo Musa Afrah had already conducted her three behaviour change activities in January and February and now reported on the intra-communal discussion on FGM that she initiated. Fadhumo pointed out that the challenges for organizing the behaviour change activities lay mostly in the difficulty to mobilize community members to discuss FGM and join a meeting.
On February 24, 2017, the Coventry University hosted the Evaluation Meeting for Project Partners of the CHANGE Plus project on its Campus in London. The European project partners – AIDOS, APF, Coventry University, End FGM, FSAN, Plan Stiftung, and TERRE DES FEMMES – shared updates about their project activities of the last six months and discussed upcoming activities and tasks.
During the last months, CHANGE Agents in four European countries were trained to promote behaviour change towards the abandonment of FGM in practising communities within the European Union. The 48 CHANGE Agents – women and men belonging to various diaspora communities and to different social and age groups – were trained by APF in Portugal, by Equipop in France, by FSAN in the Netherlands, and by TDF (Berlin) and Plan (Hamburg) in Germany.