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The European Union launched last 6 March a public consultation - open until 30 May - to obtain your views on how best to develop measures at EU level to fight female genital mutilation.
Member States, civil society organisations fighting against violence against women or individuals are the target groups. A summary of the main outcomes of the public consultation will be published online.
To contribute to the consultation, please fill in the questionnaire.
To know more on female genital mutilations.
Makara* is a sewing graduate of AFESIP Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills Training Centers. She is now a skilled seamstress, a qualified sewing trainer and runs her own business, at the age of twenty-six.
I spent around two years at AFESIP’s Tom Dy Center. As a child, I only completed one or two years of school. At the center however, I was able to study to grade four level. I enjoyed learning. Aside from sewing, I also learned jewelry making and studied Khmer, English and computer skills. At the center I had been given a lot of opportunities so when I left, I had the chance to give back.
I took a job in an orphanage teaching sewing, and I also became qualified as a sewing trainer. A year later I felt ready to start my own business as a seamstress. The AFESIP Reintegration team was a great support and provided me with all the equipment and materials I needed to set up and they even found me a property to rent. Now I am in my second location. I found this place by myself and I share it with my sister who is also a graduate of Tom Dy Center and she has her hair salon here. I have been doing this for two years and business is good, better some days than others.
The AFESIP Reintegration team still checks in on or phones me once every two to three months to see how I am doing. I’m not dating anyone and am not planning to get married in the near future, but I am very happy. My life is totally different from how it used to be. Not only am I financially independent, but I have a skill.
The Kering Foundation is proud to support AFESIP Cambodia. If you want to contribute to this project and help purchase sewing machines so survivors of human trafficking can develop skills to earn a livelihood, you can raise funds! Get connected on Catapult, the first crowd-funding platform dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women.
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World famous artists have joined the CHIME FOR CHANGE in an effort to spread the movement and raise funds for the benefit of women’s education, justice and health worldwide.
Watch the video featuring Arianna Huffington, Blake Lively, Evan Rachel Wood, Halle Berry, John Legend, Katy Perry, Olivia Wilde and Ziggy Marley reminding women that using social networks, they can make their voices heard and change the status quo.
The French Senate just decided to abrogate on 28 March the offence for soliciting, and 54-association group called Abolition 2012, supported by public personalities, such as Françoise Héritier, Roselyne Bachelot, Sophia Aram or Danielle Bousquet, are organising an event to abolish prostitution Saturday 13 April at the Machine du Moulin Rouge (Paris), from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
67 years after the closure of brothels, and 2 years after the publication of an information report on prostitution policies, associations will come back on 3 years of action and propose a “Declaration to abolish the system of prostitution'. The French Ministry of Women's Rights announces the new law defining commercial sexual exploitation rules in France should be discussed during the autumn 2013.
This is like an echo to the european movement 'Together for a Europe free from prostitution', unifying more than 200 organisations. For more info
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice of Saudi Arabia just announced that Saudi women are allowed to ride a bike. The news comes after the internationally award-winning Saudi film Wadjda, written and directed by Saudi female director Haifaa al-Mansour.
The film is telling the story of Wadjda, a 12-year-old girl growing up in traditional society in the suburbs of Riyadh. When Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale, she wants it desperately, but her mother won't allow her to have it, fearing repercussions from a conservative society, so Wadjda decides to raise the money herself by participating to a Koran recitation competition at her school to get the cash prize.
Haifa Al Mansoor, the 38-year-old director, had to hide in a van in some of the more conservative areas where locals disapproved of a female film-maker mixing with men on set, and at times had to direct her male actors via walkie-talkie.
Wadjda won three awards at the Venice Film Festival and the top prize at the ninth edition of the Dubai International Film Festival : Haifa Al Mansoor, walked away with the $50,000 Best Arab Feature prize, while Wadjda’s lead actress, the 10-year-old Waad Mohammed took home the Best Actress award in the same category.