Making their Voices Heard: How Generation Dialogues Empower Young People and Women to Take Part in the Debate

Open Space 4
October 8, 14:00 – 15:30, Venue: Umweltforum/Seminar 10
Language: Depending on participants


Christiane Adamczyk, Sector project “Ending female genital mutilation and other harmful traditional practices”


Anna von Roenne, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Mediator and Consultant in Development Cooperation


In many societies, having women or young people take part in discussions that might challenge longstanding social arrangements and gendered power divides presents an enormous challenge. Addressing harmful practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) and looking at how these are grounded in social and gender hierarchies is even more difficult.

For over ten years, the Generation Dialogue approach has been implemented to address just these kinds of challenges and, time and again, it has allowed vulnerable groups and individuals to make their voices heard. In communities in East and West Africa, Yemen, Pakistan, and more recently amongst migrant organisations in German cities, it has kick-started inclusive debates about ways to overcome harmful practices, such as FGM, early marriages, domestic violence or lack of access to reproductive health services and information for girls and women.

In this open space session participants will get an introduction to the Generation Dialogue approach, how it makes sure that girls and women as well as young people in general get a voice and how it can be implemented in different regional and cultural contexts. There will be time for questions and reflection as to how the approach could be used to address participation challenges in participants’ own projects and programmes.

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