With the new reality of forced online work in Corona times, we face new challenges, but Wadi is trying to keep it’s activities going
Combating FGM was never an easy task but with attention on the current worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, the spotlight on FGM and other violence women and girl’s face within the walls of their houses, has been diverted. We believe in the value of women getting psychosocial help and counseling, a face to face meeting, especially when it comes to FGM which helps to increase awareness on combating the act in terms of prevention and protection.
The lockdown is necessary on a public health front, but has a high economic cost, and a high cost for women and children living in volatile and unsafe situations.
With the new reality of online work, we face new challenges. Wadi teams are still fighting to provide awareness through any means possible through direct phone calls and social media. Our teams now are working on a survey that would play a big part for the next step of combating FGM; how one lives with the consequences and overcomes the ongoing stigma of surviving FGM.
Our concern as, we monitor the situation, is that domestic violence in general is on the rise, and FGM could also escalate. The lockdown is necessary on a public health front, but has a high economic cost, and a high cost for women and children living in volatile and unsafe situations.
Our teams continue to work within local structures as much as possible, by coordinating messages on local radio, news outlets, online media, social media, and though direct telephone work. This is an ongoing process, as we remain committed to the fight to end FGM, our work will continue to adapt and our teams to re-evaluate the success of these strategies as we move forward through this crises.