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16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM | NOVEMBER 2021

GMC's mission is to work with activists to use media to end FGM by 2030, and also to put ending all forms of violence against women, including child marriage, on the top of the local media agenda.

Supported by UNFPA, we train and fund over 1000 frontline activists in 9 countries to use the voices of influencers such as religious leaders, doctors, and elders, to convince their community to end violence against women.

Join us for a sneak preview of the upcoming 73 media campaigns against child marriage, sexual violence and FGM that UNFPA/Global Media Campaign activists will be running across 9 African countries for 16 Days of Activism.
BUT FIRST, NEWS OF MALI'S  FIRST EVER NATIONAL TV CAMPAIGN AGAINST FGM.  It has led to an unprecedented  8 per cent increase in parents saying they will not cut their daughters  
The  National TV Campaign against FGM ran every night before the main evening news. Supported by Plan Germany and the World Bank, it not only broke the silence on FGM, but helped 8 per cent of parents decide not to cut their daughters.  Take a deep dive into the Impact Study here and watch the young campaigners in action below.  
On the road with the young women politicians speaking out for women during  16 Days of Activism. 

Former GMC activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and mother of 3, Jaha Dukureh is running for for vice-president of The Gambia.  Forced into marriage at 15 and mutilated as a child she's using her campaign to speak on local radio and TV calling got an end to the brutal practices of child marriage and FGM. 

 
At 31, Jaha could be the youngest Vice-President... she is calling out all politicians to declare their position on child marriage, family planning, and FGM.
READ ABOUT JAHA’S CAMPAIGN HERE
SIERRA LEONE | 7 MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
From the left: William Wise, Mariama Suma, Elizabeth Kamara, George Sam- Eliott, Mohamed Kamara  
Team Western campaigning to educate not mutilated girls is focusing on the fishing communities in Western Area Rural.
MALI | 15 MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
REACHING OVER 800,000 PEOPLE
They are stopping Cross Border cutting with Burkina Faso. Media Campaigners,  Souleymane Berthé Tanti Amy Koite with the influential religious leader, Aguibou Koné on Dounia FM and Kayira FM.
THE GAMBIA | 4 MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
Mamadou A H Bah Upper in the River Region recording videos of women asking politicians to publically commit to stopping violence against women-  broadcast on QTV Gambia for 16 days, they will reach more than 1 million people.
And there’s more to come…
GMC activists also launch media campaigns in:

NIGERIA 13 CAMPAIGNS
KENYA
13 CAMPAIGNS
ETHIOPIA
4 CAMPAIGNS
SOMALIA
6 CAMPAIGNS
GUINEA 
12 
CAMPAIGNS

all supported by the UNFPA.
And finally to lift the heart
Take a look at “My FGM Story”  from the teacher in Sierra Leone who planned to help his aunt cut her daughters until he listened to Radio Kenama to Chief Motatiro, from Kuria in Kenya, who tuned into 88.3 FM and heard about FGM, became a campaigner rallying other chiefs to the FGM eradication cause.

Before you go, watch the film below and find out what the taxi driver heard on Love FM that changed his mind on FGM
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Look out for the GMC Impact Measurement Newsletter Special on 7th December 
 

WHAT WORKS ? -  THE EVIDENCE. 
EMPOWERING LOCAL  ACTIVISTS TO  USE  MEDIA TO  END FGM.
 

"The way GMC works is fast, efficient and cheap." 
Isabella Micali Drossos,  World Bank

 

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