Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – A consultation mission took place in Ethiopia, from 16-21 November 2014, in the framework of the AWEPA/Plan Netherlands Obligation to Protect (O2P) programme: Agents Unite Against FGM/C (2014-2017).
During the mission, an AWEPA delegation, consisting of Dr. Jeff Balch, AWEPA’s Director of Research and Evaluation and Ms. Liselot Bloemen, AWEPA Programme Manage, joined by representatives of Plan International Ethiopia, had a meeting with Hon. Abadula Gemeda, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Ethiopia. The topics of discussion were the O2P programme and a possible cooperation with AWEPA in general.
As a result of the meeting, the Hon. Speaker favored the collaboration with AWEPA and already appointed a contact person for AWEPA to work with regarding the O2P programme. The meeting was followed by a consultation activity the day after with several MPs, including the Chair of the Women, Children and Youth Affairs Standing Committee and the Deputy Chair of the Women’s Caucus, to further discuss the FGM/C programme in detail. The MPs pledged their support and cooperation in the programme.
In addition to the meetings in the Parliament and several meetings with representatives of the Plan Ethiopia office, the AWEPA delegation met with the Executive Director of the ACPF (African Child Policy Forum) and the Executive Director of the Inter African Committee (IAC) on Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP), at the Dutch Embassy.