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IAC Achievements PDF Print E-mail
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As a major African NGO, the Inter-African Committee fights to combat Female Genital Mutilation.

The IAC has successfully demonstrated that FGM violates Human Rights.
These rights are articulated in several Conventions, such as:

The United Nations Charter (article 5),

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights(article 7),

The Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The Convention of the Rights of the Child (Article 24.3). FGM violates basic human rights principles to health,

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Organizational structure PDF Print E-mail
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IAC functions as a network made up of 26 National Committees and European Group Sections with Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and an international Liason Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

There are 26 National Committees: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Cote díIvoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. IACís network include GAMS-France, GAMS-Beligum,RIFFI-Sweden and London Black Womenís Health Action Project (LBWHAP), Netherlands, Japan and New Zealand.

The National Committees form the heart of IAC. Where possible, they function as independent registered NGOs and carry out advocacy and lobby and operate programmes of action. National Committees are afflilated to IAC. They share a common mission and coordinate their operational strategies to achieve a common purpose. All National Committees are members of zonal structures based on geographical and cultural proximity.

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IAC at work PDF Print E-mail
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The Programme strategies are based on experiences gained from working at local, national and international levels. The following areas are emphasized:

 An integrated and holistic approach that relates to conventions, plans and platforms for action, and international agreements aimed at eliminating violence against women

Awareness raising through information, education, and communication taking into account local realities and varying cultural contexts that advocate attitudinal change.

Forging alliances with relevant organizations and governments for strengthening collaborative work.

Developing programmes for action oriented research upon which effective intervention can be designed .

Advocating for meaningful protective legal measures to eradicate FGM and other practices.

Producing, developing amd distributing information materials.

Capacity building of National Committees.

Producing educational materials including films.

IAC guiding principles and method of work are as follow:

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Objectives PDF Print E-mail
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1. Initiate the establishment of National Committees and assist local organizations to develop appropriate policies and programmes related to harmful traditional practices.

2. Work with governments, international organizations and donors to develop and evaluate policies, laws, and programmes that protect and promote the bodily integrity of women and young girls.

3. Develop local and international communication and advocacy activities for addressing harmful traditional practices.

4. Build national and international networks

5. National NGO support, training and capacity building.

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Mandate PDF Print E-mail
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The Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (IAC) is a non-governmental organization working to promote the health of women and children in Africa and amongst migrant communities by fighting harmful traditional practices including female genital mutilation ( FGM), and promoting beneficial ones.
IAC Pioneered the only African NGO and NGO network to address the problems of harmful traditional practices.
Over 120 million women are affected by FGM. An estimated 2 million girls are at risk of undergoing the practice every year.
IAC was created in 1984, at a seminar in Dakar, to initiate and co-ordinate efforts related to:
 
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