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Economic leaders, representatives from the fashion and entertainment worlds and the charity sector, almost 400 prestigious guests have been brought together in the presence of Waris Dirie, Liya Kebede, who plays the role of Waris in the film, François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of PPR, and Roch Lener, Chairman of Bac Films.
All the collected funds, i.e. €55,000 , will enable the NGO Équilibres & Populations, to keep on implementing its pilot project to encourage the ending of Female Genital Mutilation in Mali.
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Let's discover the video of the project of Équilibres & Populations “Protecting the next generation” (French version only):
PPR Foundation proposes to all employees of the Group to take a solidarity leave and volunteer for 3 partner organisations: Planète Urgence, Coup de Pouce and France Volontaires.
The principle? During a 2 week-mission in Africa, Asia or Latin America you support a local project in favour of women’s empowerment: training, skill transfer, building and renovation… The Foundation funds all the organisation, food and lodging fees. You pay your plane ticket (66% of which is tax-deductible in France), visas and vaccinations.
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PLEASE NOTE that the Coup de Pouce meeting to form the teams for the 2010 summer missions will take place on Friday, April, 9 at 8:30 pm at 10, rue de l’Annonciation - Paris 16 (discover the missions here).
UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) announced the first success of its campaign Say No – Unite: more than 180,000 actions fighting against gender based violence have been counted trough the world! In Kenya, the group Men For Equality Now walked around the country to mobilize the communities, in Tajikistan martial arts tournaments have been organised to raise awareness among young sportsmen on gender based violence, and in Brazil, unions asked for the implementation of special police services.
Linda Weil-Curiel, lawyer and leader in the CAMS (Commission for the Abolition of Genital Mutilation), Professor Millez, President of the ethical committee of the international Federation of obstetrical genecology, Christine Beynis, President of the national Federation GAMS (Women Group for the Abolition of Genital Mutilation) and Aurélie Gal-Régniez, Project Manager for the organization Équilibres & Populations discuss about excision.
The PPR Foundation has decided to support the fight against the excision led by Waris Dirie, member of its Board of directors. Desert Flower will be officially released in France on March,10 on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The PPR Foundation wishes to seize this opportunity to help raise public awareness on the topic: with PPR’s support it organises a fund-raising Charity Preview Screening on March, 7 with proceeds to be entirely donated to the French NGO Équilibres & Populations. The funds collected will help the association pursue its “Pilot Project for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Health District of Kayes, Mali”, involving among other the immigrant communities from this region residing in France.