EU Public Health Week

Educating Youth in Ethiopia to Stop Female Genital Mutilation

How prevalent is Female Genital Mutiliation (FGM)? Why are girls cut? How can youth – both young men and young women – be reached to educate them on the dangers of FGM?

Learn about a successful outreach program in Ethiopia that used a multi-pronged approach to change community culture and beliefs. Gain tips for your own outreach programs, both in countries where FGM is practiced and among immigrant communities in Europe.

This is a presentation for EU Public Health Week 2022 (#EUPHW2022).

Date:  16 May 2022

Time: 10:00 CET / 11:00 Ethiopian time


Meeting ID: 995 7351 9208
Passcode: 642386

Registration: not required, but requested
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About the presenters

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Rebecca Laes-Kushner is a public policy expert. She currently consults to NGOs and companies with a social mission on topics such as environmental protection, development and nutrition. She has a Master’s in Public Administration (Public Policy) as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Development and Cooperation from Swiss ETH. More information is available at:



Mihret Geletu is a health expert with a Master’s in Public Health. She currently works for Helvetas as skills development and youth employment officer. In her prior position, she was a project coordinator at ESD ( The project focused on sexual and reproductive health and harmful traditional practices. She conducted outreach, training and awareness-raising to educate local communities about the physical repercussions of FGM to encourage them to stop.

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