Dar es Salaam, 9 October 2023 (TDI): The three-day International Conference on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) concluded successfully at the prestigious Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The event brought together global stakeholders and experts in a united effort to eradicate this harmful practice.

The conference saw an unprecedented gathering of delegates, activists, policymakers, and advocates, all dedicated to accelerating progress toward ending FGM worldwide.

Delegates hailed from diverse backgrounds, representing various organizations, governmental bodies, non-profits, and communities, all committed to fostering dialogue and cooperation to eliminate FGM.

During the opening ceremony, distinguished speakers highlighted the urgent need for collective action and reinforced the commitment to tackling FGM through education, advocacy, and policy reform.

They emphasized the importance of engaging communities and empowering individuals to shift societal norms and perceptions around FGM.

Throughout the conference, attendees engaged in thought-provoking panel discussions, interactive workshops, and presentations that offered valuable insights into the multifaceted aspects of FGM.

Experts shared research findings, best practices, and success stories from different regions, contributing to a wealth of knowledge aimed at informing comprehensive strategies to combat FGM.

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One of the conference’s key outcomes was the formation of strategic partnerships and collaborations among participants.

Networking sessions facilitated meaningful exchanges, enabling participants to forge new alliances and reinforce existing relationships, essential for a unified approach to FGM.

Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to engage with survivors who bravely shared their personal experiences, shedding light on the devastating consequences of FGM and the urgent need for immediate action to end this harmful practice.

Their narratives served as a powerful reminder of the importance of continued efforts to protect women and girls from the lifelong physical and psychological scars caused by FGM.

Delegates expressed gratitude for the collective efforts and reiterated their dedication to advancing the fight against FGM.

A strong commitment was made to carry the momentum gained during the conference into actionable plans and initiatives at local, national, and international levels.

The success of the International Conference on FGM in Dar es Salaam has invigorated the global movement to end this deeply entrenched and harmful practice.

It stands as a testament to the determination of the global community to protect the rights and well-being of women and girls.