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(Juntos) Together sharing culture and causes

JUNTOS (together) was a technical and creative event dedicated to sharing cultures and causes, in this case, human rights defence and the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage from Europe and from the World.

At this meeting APF showed their experience and disseminated the knowledge acquired within its participation in European Projects like Create Youth-Network, END FGM European Network (www.endfgm.eu) and REPLACE 2.

On the 5th and 6th of June, APF – Family Planning Association engaged with African origin immigrant community members, professionals and experts in two thematic seminars, that reached almost 150 people. Discussion and awareness raising were integrated in a broad cultural program that celebrates the culture and African talent in film, music, art and cuisine. This event took place at Casa Independente, an association situated in Lisbon city centre, right next to Intendente Square where Fidel Évora and Tamara Alves, two graffiti artists, painted a wall dedicated to all FGM and Forced Marriage survivor women.

It was an event fully organized by the young people from the Create Youth Network Project, with the collaboration of the Community Based Researchers from the REPLACE2. On the first day we have the opportunity to talk about the evidences found on the PEER report “I carry the name of my parents”, the representation of young people from Portugal, the Netherlands and the UK about FGM and Forced Marriage. This presentation lead to a debate where a high Commission for Citizenship and Equality representative, an women rights organization representative and a community based organization representative contribute with their own different perspectives.

On the second day we had a table where Lisbon Central Mosque Imam was able to talk about Women Rights, FGM and Forced Marriage, where a development and cooperation organization representative talked about their work with young girls in India, and where we were able to listening to the emotional speech of Aissato Djaló, a FGM survivor.
On both days cultural sharing was on the centre of all activities. Through music, clothes or food, art, involvement and sharing was everywhere, and for us was an huge opportunity to know more about this important issues, and to engage more and more with the community, as we understand that it’s through it that we can reach where girls and women rights are a reality.