In the 29 African countries where FGM,CM,HTPs is a traditional practice, the IAC’s National Committees and other partners involved in the elimination ban against have intensified actions to prevent FGM,CM,HTPs at local level.
In 1998 (Banjul, The Gambia), in 2001 (Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania), in 2005 (Egypt and Burkina Faso) and in 2007 (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), the IAC organized four symposia respectively for religious leaders which gave birth to the created of a Network of African Religious Leaders against FGM,CM,HTPs and for Development. This network has developed a practical guide for advocacy and sensitization on female genital mutilation.
Since 2000, the Inter-African Committee initiated the creation by young people from its 29 member countries, an African Regional Network of Youth for the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM). The second forum of this network was held in November 2006, in Addis Ababa, and it resulted in the formulation of a youth programme for both national and regional levels.