In the presence of regional and woreda level government officials, clan and religious leaders the public declaration was made commending the commitment of the woreda people and administration for the abandonment of the practice from the woreda. During the occasion it was disclosed that it took more than two years effort to convince the religious leaders of the locality. In a deeply traditional and religious region like the Afar it is crucial that these leaders join the effort.
This event is part of the strategic partnership programme between Save the Children Norway Ethiopia and Norwegian Church Aid in Ethiopia and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa. One of the partners of Save the Children Ethiopia - Rohi Weddu - operates in the region and is engaged in the provision of different services benefiting the community. Since 2006, it is working with the Afar Women, Children and Youth Affairs Bureau of the region with the aim of of reducing the practice of FGM. The organization has so far managed to organise five public declarations in the region (Gewane, Elidear, Awash Fentale, Amibara and Yallo).
The declaration calls for the total abandonment of the practice in the woreda and all members of the community are obliged to work to this end. Those who defy this would be held accountable. Individuals who were making a living by the practice also vowed not to do so anymore and rely on other means of income generation.
Representatives of the regional government, zonal and woreda administrations, religious and clan leaders and representatives of Save the Children Norway-Ethiopia and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa expressed their appreciation for those who contributed to these successes and also renewed their commitment to the fight against the practice.