03 July 2019

No to Female Genital Mutilation

Conclusion and the way forward Djibouti is still part of the Global Joint Programme on FGM/C, which still financially supports Djibouti in Phase III as a programme country from 2018-2022. After nine years of mobilisation and the implementation of the community-based human rights promotion and protection programme, significant progress has been made, with the majority of the credit going to the communities. We have seen how social dynamics can be leveraged to help communities better protect the girls. The partners have witnessed how accurate information about the dangers of the practice as well as evidence that other communities are questioning, or abandoning FGM/C can spark or invigorate a positive change. FGM is no longer a taboo subject, but rather one that can be discussed as a family. Despite this downward trend, though, the risk of medicalization of the practice remains high, particularly in certain areas that have not been covered by awareness activities. With regard to the review of the FGM programme, many agree that it has been positive to a large extent since it can be said today that all of the communities have gained insight into the FGM issue. There is a now growing awareness of the lifelong health consequences on little girls and the women they will become. The issue today is making a transition from awareness to change in behaviour that will inspire communities to completely abandon the practice of female mutilation, in all its forms. With the development of the National Strategy to Accelerate the Total Abandonment of FGM/C (2018-2022), it is important to involve other ministries in this activity such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as the Ministry of Communication, since those bodies have roles in the strategy and can accelerate the achievement of the strategic objectives.