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IKV Pax Christi
IKV Pax Christi has been working for several years on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in the Gambella and Upper Nile regions (southeastern Sudan). In 2003, what was then Pax Christi Netherlands served successfully as mediator during a violent conflict between Anuak and Nuer; in 2005 IKV Pax Christi led the way in establishing a joint peace and development programme in Gambella and Upper Nile. This marked the start of the Gambella-Upper Nile Consortium.
Maastricht School of Management
The main objective of the project was to reduce the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among new born baby girls in Dawe district of Afar regional state of Ethiopia and make pregnant women accessible to trained Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). The project has been considered innovative in its approach. Traditionally, the Afar communities have been experiencing the cutting and sewing of the female genital organ soon after birth. The same painful experience applies on girlhood when girls get married to open the already sewed organ with a locally made unsafe knife called “Makita”. This has been basically performed by Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) that have been traditionally given the sole responsibility of both child delivery services and female genital cutting and sewing.