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Panel Discussion on eliminating FGM/C and child marriage in Southern Region

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A panel discussion was organized on very important thematic areas related to the elimination of harmful traditional practices (HTPs), specifically Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage (CM in Wolaita Sodo, South Ethiopia Region. The event was held on 29 December 2023 at Abebe Zeleke Hotel.  team had several consultations regarding the preparation of the Panel Discussions with South Ethiopia BoWSA.

Participants included people from the BOH, Evangelical Church, Other Religious leaders, Police,

Youth League leaders, Survivors, Educators, Health Workers, University Students, Women

Federation Leaders and Community Leaders.

The panelists included: 

o Wro. Kassech Elias (BOWCA)

o Dr. Abebayehu Tadesse (BOE)

o Ato  Abenezer Teferi (BOJ) 

o Wro.  Senayit Abreham (High Communication Officer)


Key Discussion Points include:

  •    Mrs. Kassech Elias from BOWCA explained the health, social and economic impact these

practices pose on the lives of women and girls. And she focused on the importance of

providing accessible and comprehensive services to survivors of FGM and CM so that they

become active participants in the  social, economic and political life of their communities. 

  •    Mr. Abenezer Teferi from the BOJ provided an overview of the current laws and policies, both domestic and international those prohibit Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child

Marriage (CM). He also discussed the level of enforcement of these laws at the regional

level. During the discussion, Mr. Abenezer addressed concerns about the effectiveness of

penalties for committing these acts, noting that they may not be sufficient to prevent

individuals due to the potential for greater financial gain outweighing the risk of


  •     Dr. Abebayehu Tadesse in his presentation as the Head of the Regional Bureau of Education began by defining the terms and outlining the rationale for the importance of ensuring that young girls stay in school as a means of mitigating the prevalence of harmful traditional practices.


በጎጅ ልማዳዊ ድርጊቶች ዙሪያ ከደቡብ ኢትዮጵያ ክልል ባለድርሻ አካላት ጋር የተደረገ ቃለ ምልልስ #UNICEFEthiopia #wingsmedia (


  •     Ms. Kuribachew Tanfu's presentation emphasized the widespread occurrence of Female

Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage (CM) in the region, underscoring the pressing

need for more action so that they reach the goal set on the road map by 2017. Despite

efforts to raise awareness, these harmful practices persist in areas such as Soddo Zuriya

Woredas and South Omo Areas. Ms. Kuribachew emphasized the importance of

collaboration among  communities, religious leaders, and government entities to address the

root causes of these issues.


የሴት ልጅ ግርዛት እና ያለዕድሜ ጋብቻ ጎጂ ናቸውን? #UNICEFEthiopia#WingsMedia#ChilaCare#WolayitaSodo#FGMCHILDMARRIAGE (


Participants from the youth league, Women federation and the educators shared their

views on the HTPs and emphasized on the significance of collaboration and partnerships

among government agencies, NGOs, civil society organizations, and international bodies to

effectively combat FGM and CM. 


ስለሴት ልጅ ግርዛትና ያለእድሜ ጋብቻ የኃይማኖት አባቶች ምን ይላሉ?#EndFGM&ChildMarriage #WingsMediaEthiopia (

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