FGM - Free Village Model Project
On behalf of the Honorable Susan Whelan, Minister of International Cooperation,
the Canadian Embassy and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Cairo are
pleased to announce the signing of a new Canadian Grant Agreement with the UNDP to support the
National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) in the joint fund already supported by
several international partners. In announcing the grant, Minister Whelan said: "I am delighted
to partner with NCCM in their initiative addressing harmful practices such as Female Genital
Mutilation (FGM-female circumcision)".
"CIDA has been collaborating with its Egyptian partners since 1976 and has supported over
500 initiatives toward development in Egypt" said Mr. Michel de Salaberry, the Canadian
Ambassador to Egypt. He added: "Canada's participation in this multi-donor initiative with
Egyptian leadership reinforces the position Canada has adopted of the importance of African
development as demonstrated by our commitment to support African leadership in the New
Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) through the G8 Africa Action Plan".
The project has started in January 2003 and will extend for three years at a total project
cost of US$2,674,228. CIDA's contribution will be CAN $500,000 over the duration of the project.
The project led by the NCCM will seek to support advocacy and address the sociocultural
roots of FGM through a series of interventions including building awareness of the rights of
girls to participate in decisions affecting their lives; training local NGOs to conduct advocacy
work; and developing an anti FGM tool kit.
The project will be implemented in 6 Governates of Upper Egypt: Minya, Sohag, Qena, Beni Suef,
Aswan and Assuit. The initiative is expected to reduce the practice of FGM by 40-60% in the target
villages as a step towards eventually achieving 100% eradication of this harmful practice.
Mr. Rick McTaggart, the Country Program Director and Counsellor (Development) at the Canadian
Embassy said: "This project is in line with the principles outlined in CIDA's action plan on
child protection as a key part of our commitment to social development and gender equality. It
supports several development themes including child protection, reproductive health, and basic
Canada strongly welcomes the opportunity to contribute, along with other international partners,
to FGM-Free Village Model project initiative by the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood
and playing a role in eradicating this harmful practice.
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