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Make Art not FGM Workshop in Tanzania

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In the end of October, 2 of our team, Tria and Nevy,  went to Tanzania, East Africa to attend Make Art not FGM workshop. This project’s aims are to fight misogyny and the gender discrimination, to promote basic human rights for all females, respect for human dignity, equality and the rule of law. Through our project we aim to train youth workers, and through them educate young people and communities about FGM and its detrimental effects not only to women but to the entire family and society, too.

Before we share about our story in Tanzania, we would like to share about the travel during COVID-19 pandemic. To begin with, we started the journey from Bali to Jakarta, which requires negative PCR test, and we have to be fully vaccinated. From Jakarta to Dar es Salaam, we took PCR test again to enter Tanzania, the PCR test sample must be taken at least 96 hours before arrival to Tanzania. We also need to fill the Health Surveillance form 24 hours before arrival. For travelers from some countries, it is also required to take antigen test upon arrival. It is also recommended to get yellow fever vaccination, which we also did.

In Dar es Salaam, we stayed at Salvation Army Mgulani Hostel, Temeke. In the first day, we basically get to know each other. On the second day, we started the workshop about Personal SWOT Analysis, and group research about human rights, the trainer Marija from MCOOP explained about 3o human rights. We had energizer before every session to make it more interesting.

The next day we start the workshop with dance guessing and the material is about Peaceful Communication, Benedict from AFED explained about what is communication, form of communication, and the function of communication. He also gave us a story about Abigail in which we have to determine who is the character that should go to the jail first to the last based on the given story. From this exercise, we can understand that everyone has their own perspective. After lunch break and energizer, we continue with the group research on how to communicate to FGM practicing community. In the evening we had cultural night for Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Indonesia. The rest of the participating countries will do the intercultural night in the next evening.

In the fourth day, we learn brainstorming with national team and different topic such as: liberty, democracy, military, influence, and justice. Then we did the research about women’s rights and gender equality which we are going to make e-brochure with. The host partner also manage to invite someone from Kuria (FGM practicing tribe in Tanzania) to share about FGM in his community.  In the evening we continue with intercultural night from Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Spain.

Admittedly, according to the schedule, we should have the free time on Saturday, but due to the requirement to take PCR test to return to our country, we decided to move it to Friday. We did the PCR test in the morning and sight seeing the city of Dar es Salaam after that. We went to Temeke Regional Referral Hospital for the test, then went to the city mall and traditional market for some souvenirs. We walk around the city to get into the ferry to the other side and went to the beach. It was nice to be able to see the city, we saw some old churches, beautiful flowers by the road, and the view in the ferry was stunning, as much as the white sand beach. We went back to the hostel by public bus. The day was tiring but memorable.

On Saturday we continue with the research about FGM in our country for the e-brochure. And every participants also start to prepare their departure. We leave at Sunday, the flight route is Dar es Salaam-Doha-Jakarta. And we need 5 days quarantine after our return to Indonesia. The workshop was insightful but fun. And together we can change, create a better society, support equality and human rights for women.

We also designed the logo for Make Art, Not FGM project. We symbolize a rose breaking the razor blade, which can be interpreted as a symbol of a powerful commitment to eradicate the practice of FGM.

 

Here are  some reflections and lessons we’ve learned from this workshop.

  1. FGM must be addressed as part of broader gender efforts. If FGM  is ever to be eliminated, the
    interventions must be based on the context of gender equity, and  government,  religious leaders,  communities, and organization  must be involved in the campaign.
  2. Empowerment of women and girls is key. Interventions should empower women economically and girls through education.
  3. Governments must commit to comprehensive implementation of the law.  We need a commitment at all levels of government, including ministries of health, justice, women’s affairs, youth, and education, to implement the existing laws.
  4. FGM violates women’s and children’s human rights, including their rights to health, to be free from violence, to life and physical integrity, to non-discrimination, and to be free from cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.
  5. Peaceful communication helps to build awareness and understanding of FGM and human rights, and drive social change toward a more peaceful and non-violent future.
  6. To be effective, FGM eradication programs should be carried out at national, regional, and local levels. We have to make a strong and visible commitment to ending FGM.

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Written by: Nevy Pangestika & Trianingsih