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The Project to Eliminate F.G.M./C.
(Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision)

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Depending on the studies you believe, between 125 and 200 million girls and women in 29 countries are affected by FGM/C, Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision. That is, the genitalia of between 125 and 200 million girls and women have been cut off to varying degrees and sewed up leaving a small hole for urination and menses.  

black small girl cryingAccording to UNICEF, in half the countries where this mutilation is performed, the girls are cut before the age of 5 and in the rest of the countries the cutting occurs between the ages of 5 and 14 years. In most of the target countries, girls and women have had their genitalia cut with some flesh removed by traditional practitioners for social acceptance and local customs. Neither Islam nor any form of Christianity or other known religions prescribes this inhumane mutilation.

The people themselves have to have economic incentives where they are rewarded when they protect the girls. In December 2012 the United Nations General Assembly resolution was adopted by consensus, intensifying global efforts for the elimination of Female Genital Mutilations and increasing the commitment by all countries to end this harmful practice. Two years later on 18 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution, which reaffirmed its call to ban FGM worldwide. The Resolution [A/69/150], was cosponsored by the Group of African States and an additional 71 Member States, and was adopted by consensus by all UN members.
 
“FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CULTURE, TRADITION OR RELIGION. IT IS TORTURE AND A CRIME. HELP US TO PUT AN END TO THIS CRIME.” Super model: Waris Dirie
 

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FGM/C Studies

The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Program on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting has been very active in conducting extensive studies and consequently there is very little guesswork involved in combating and defeating this savage custom, which has left between 100 and 200 million women and girls mutilated worldwide. The UNICEF studies have indicated that: 

• Social dynamics can be leveraged to help communities better protect their girls and combat and eliminate FGM/C.

• 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 process of positive change. responsibilities.

• The voices of individuals and groups who have themselves abandoned the practice can fuel further positive action.

Learning from these experiences, we will:

• Strengthen our support to communities by creating opportunities for open discussions and education about FGM/C locally and nationally.  

• Promote the abandonment of FGM/C not framed as a criticism of local culture but as a better way to attain the core positive values that underlie tradition and religion, including ‘doing no harm to others’. UNICEF has found that, addressed in this way, efforts to end FGM/C contribute to the larger issues of ending violence against children.

SMILING AFRICAN CHILDREN web• Most communities that promote FGM do so to assure that the woman is a virgin at marriage, which contributes to the status of the girl’s family. These values can be supported without the need to sew shut the vaginas of the girls. Open discussions can also address the modification of the values attached to virginity at marriage. 

There are many organizations around the world fighting FGM/C including governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, religious and other civil society groups, and local communities.

They range from grassroots organizations with an army of one and no budget to UNESCO with a mature organization, a sizable budget and ample staff. Once a person starts down the path of protecting innocent girls from this harmful mutilation, it tends to become their life’s vocation.

The growing number of reports of public commitments to end FGM/C and its actual abandonment by population groups across a diverse range of countries are strong indications that the practice can indeed be eradicated. Grassroots movements have fuelled international commitment to eliminate FGM/C worldwide.

There are also many excellent detailed studies, (many sponsored by UNESCO), available indicating just what works and why, so it significantly removes the guesswork from the intervention strategy. Studies indicate that there is no one fit-all-cure so strategy must be sensitive to many social, religious, tribal, geographical and economic factors, highlighting the need to operate with locals who are better equipped to understand the subtleties of local cultures.

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This document will not address the issue of poaching in the Central and Southern regions of Africa and the permanent losses to humanity. The DON’T SHOOT PROGRAM is synergistic with the DON’T CUT PROGRAM and will be designed and implemented simultaneously. DON'T CUT LINK

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SOLUTIONS

Our objective is to offer a versatile FGM Platform capable of providing a suite of support services to organizations with different needs and at different stages of their development in the fight to eradicate FGM. We will support organizations in the 29 countries where FGM is practiced.

We will prioritize and concentrate our effort and resources in the countries where the practice is more widespread. Since studies indicate that the solutions vary considerably from area to area and between different groups of people, our solutions must be adaptable to a variety of existing conditions.

Our Philosophy is rooted in Sustainability and as such we MUST always find a commercial incentive that renders association with THE CAUSE prestigious, modern, and progressive. The Solution must be economically sustainable over time, while promoting improvements in quality of life to groups actively promoting the reduction of FGM. These benefits can include; improved access to electricity, drinking water, garbage collection and transportation. We therefore provide the support infrastructure necessary to existing organization in their battle to combat FGM/C but we also develop a commercial side to the business insuring prestige, sustainability and longevity.

We will start by teaming up with organizations that already exist and assist others in setting up in areas where needs exist but there is no one providing the services. 

SUCCESSFUL ELEMENTS IN THE BATTLE AGAINST FGM/C 

Positive Social Dynamic: To assist our clients in their fight against FGM in their area, we will meet with them to determine the type of support necessary in their area to give them the influence and traction they need in the local communities to effect long fgm somalia nbcnews webterm changes in behavior. These items may be the inclusion of a Community Center, Health Clinic, Recreational Facilities and Free or Affordable Internet and computer Services including an electricity station preferably using renewable energy.

Accurate Information: Gatherings will be promoted including respected local speakers to provide accurate information about the theme of FGM/C.

Guest Appearances: Communities abandoning FGM will be featured at gatherings in other communities to speak about their experiences.

Girls FGM Victims Speaking Out: FGM girls and women will have opportunities to speak about their experiences. Aissatou will be able to speak about the difficulties of escaping her country and emigrating to France and all the associated difficulties, to protect her daughters from being cut in the future. We will prioritize and concentrate our effort and resources in the countries where the practice is more widespread. Since studies indicate that the solutions vary considerably from area to area and between different groups of people, our solutions must be adaptable to a variety of existing conditions.

Our Philosophy is rooted in Sustainability and as such we MUST always find a commercial incentive that renders association with THE CAUSE, prestigious, modern, and progressive. The Solution must be economically sustainable over time, while promoting improvements in the quality of life of groups actively promoting the reduction of FGM/C. These benefits can include improved access to electricity, drinking water, garbage collection and transportation. We therefore provide the support infrastructure necessary to existing organization in their battle to combat FGM/C but we also develop a commercial side to the business insuring prestige, sustainability and longevity.

We will start by teaming up with organizations that already exist and assist others in setting up in areas where needs exist but there is no one providing the services. 

COMMERCIAL HOOK

Realistically speaking, any initiative that combines prestige, fun and financial rewards stands a much better chance of success than an initiative, which requires only sacrifice. We therefore design all these elements into our solution. Key local players involved with our projects will gain prestige through association, positive press exposure, travel and speaking engagements.

Smilenumbers webRetail Outlets: Partner with TIGER STORES and acquire many locations worldwide to create retail outlets internationally to sell products which, in the future, can be produced in our DON’T CUT stores. Though not yet explored, my intention is to approach TIGER STORES and partner with them. We will provide the financial muscle for them to rapidly expand. They will provide the know how for us to create production hubs in DON’T SHOOT and DON’T CUT villages. This will provide quality jobs locally and plug the Remote Villages into a Sustainable Vertically Integrated Global Economic Machine.

The TIGER STORES will also serve as Communication Outposts to expose the world to our DON’T CUT and DON’T SHOOT Initiatives. They can also be used to feature cultural exchanges featuring Villagers. It also gives people in developed countries a way to support development in remote areas of Africa by supporting our TIGER DON’T SHOOT STORES. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_(store)

Communication Package: We will support activities with celebrity muscle, quality posters, radio and TV advertising. We will sponsor appropriate individuals to make talk show appearances as well as to make appearances in Churches, Mosques, schools and at a wide assortment of events.

Entertainment Package: We use musicians, concerts, festivals and other cultural and entertainment opportunities to carry the message and to build a following around the concept. This will be designed on a case-by-case basis to result in maximum impact.

Funding Package: Apart from our First Seed Capital, TRIBALMIXING will generate all funding for the Projects. This assures our independence, our ability to react quickly to opportunities and unforseen emergencies and assures the longterm sustainability objectives of our group.

We will assist with the funding of companies and organizations fighting FGM/C, which meet our criteria. We will prioritize and concentrate our effort and resources in the countries where the practice is more widespread. Since studies indicate that the solutions vary considerably from area to area and between different groups of people, our solutions must be adaptable to a variety of existing conditions.

FIRST STEPS

DETERMINE SCOPE OF NEEDS CONDUCTED BY E-TRAQ & TRIBALMIXING:

The Global DON’T CUT Financing and Support Platform is designed to support Every Victim and Potential Victim of FGM/C and must respond to this challenge. The goal of DON’T CUT is to accelerate efforts to end FGM/C and improve the health and quality of life of women and adolescent victims of FGM/C. It is estimated that there are between 125–200 million such victims and at the present rate, an additional 30 million are expected to join those ranks in the next decade. GDC-FSP aims to increase funding, collaboration, discussions, services to victims and prevention of the spread of the practice by mobilizing € 50 - € 100 million between 2016 to 2020, by immediately attracting new external support and improving coordination of existing assistance. The need for external support is frontloaded, with tribalmixing resources progressively taking over the development assistance role over a 10 year period. Prompt initiation of external funding support creates more opportunities to plan for economic growth and capture its benefits in ways that shift countries onto trajectories toward sustainable financing, which would enable nearly 20 of the 29 countries to graduate from receiving funding by 2020 as their resource gaps close completely through our Commercial activities in the regions and worldwide.

 

TRIBALMIXING acts as a pathfinder in a new era of financing for solving social challenges and development by pioneering a model that shifts away from a focus solely on official development and social assistance channels, to an approach that combines both TRIBALMIXING channels and innovative sources such as Trading Platforms for resource mobilization and delivery in a synergistic way.

TRIBALMIXING will serve as a major vehicle for financing the proposed DON’T CUT initiative promoting healthy lives for existing FGM/C victims, risk reduction for 30 some million girls over the next decade and will play a special role in scaling up financing to support the UN Secretary-­‐General’s renewed United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/69/150, ratified on 18 December 2014, which reaffirmed “its call to ban FGM worldwide”.

The TRIBALMIXING brings partners together to provide smart, scaled, and sustainable financing to achieve and measure ERADICATION activities and results at country level:

• Smart financing ensures that evidence-­‐based, high-­‐impact interventions – whether clinical and preventive interventions, health systems strengthening, or multi-sectored interventions – are prioritized and delivered in an efficient, results-­‐focused manner;

• Scaled financing entails mobilizing the additional resources necessary to fully finance all activities described above including the TIGER DON’T’ CUT RETAIL OUTLETS WORLDWIDE.

• Sustainable financing secures universal access to essential services for every victim and every young girl at risk by capturing the benefits of economic growth and addressing the challenges of transitioning from low-­‐ to middle-­‐income status.

At the heart of the TRIBALMIXING’s approach is a rigorous focus on achieving and measuring results. TRIBALMIXING will provide results-­focused financing while also supporting the systems needed to monitor progress and measure results.

DON’T CUT operates as a facility that maximizes the comparative advantages of a broad set of partners. They are engaged at country level through a “country platform” that, in collaboration with national governments, builds on existing structures while embodying two key principles: inclusiveness and transparency. The partners use a number of approaches and mechanisms:

 

Why a Global Financing Facility Is Needed

There are signs that there is a reduction in the growth of the practice of FGM. Slowing down is not enough. Total eradication is the only accepted goal. We must therefore take advantage of the slowing trend to push in the resources and assets needed to result in total erridication.

Business as usual is not an option for addressing these challenges. Every 11 minutes another little girl is being cut somewhere in the world. An ambitious effort is needed to dramatically scale up the resources available to DON’T CUT initiatives in 29 countries and to align partners around prioritized investments that generate results, while ensuring that countries are on a trajectory toward a sustainable DON’T CUT PLATFORM.

This Business Plan, must be developed through an intensive, multi-­stakeholder collaboration. Four “frontrunner” countries – Guinea Conakry, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania – have been selected to pilot the TRIBALMIXING approach while concurrently developing the Business Plan and model, with these experiences contributing significantly to shaping the final document. As the TRIBALMIXING approach represents an important new platform to drive the financing and management of the THE SOLUTION at the country level and constitutes a new model, it hopes to partner with A21 and to promote the model at well attended and exposed A21 International Events in 2016 and beyond. We do not have the luxury of time, so even as we develop our Business Plan we will GO LIVE in our Pilot Areas learning from our errors and adjusting the course as we embark on this critical journey. May the Supreme Being be with us and guide us.

FGM IS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM THAT IS TOO BIG TO HIDE & TO SLOW TO RUN 

 

Muhammad Ali

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