NO TO FGM
Tribute to Florence
Advocating for IAC
The Inter-African Committee on traditional practices affecting the health of women and children (IAC) is an African regional umbrella body that has been working on policy programmes and actions to eliminate female genital mutilation, child marriage and other harmful traditional practices and to promote the positive ones in the African Region for the last 30 years. It was formed on February 6, 1984 by African delegates to a seminar organised by a United Nations NGO Working Group on Traditional Practices based in Geneva, with the support of UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the Government of Senegal. It was formed at a time when female genital mutilation was highly controversial and a ‘sensitive’ issue for discussion. There was a critical need for an African regional voice in an international campaign against FGM, which led to the establishment of the Inter-African Committee.
The vision of IAC is an African region free of female genital mutilation and gender related harmful practices.
Its two main objectives are to:
The headquarters of IAC is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where it is registered as a non-profit organisation and it has a liaison office in Geneva. The IAC has national chapters, referred to as national committees, in 29 African countries. The IAC links to African population groups in the diaspora through its many affiliates throughout the world (Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Japan).
The Inter-African Committee enjoys consultative status with the United Nations (UN/ECOSOC) and holds an observer status with the African Union (AU). It works in partnership with UNFPA, WHO and UNICEF and is a member of the NGO network affiliated to the Organisation internationale de la francophonie. The IAC collaborates with several international organisations active in the field of the protection of women’s and children’s human rights. The IAC has a collaboration strategy on harmful traditional practices with the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, UNFPA, UNICEF, and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
The IAC is organised as follows:
The IAC has created various networks including regional and national networks of religious leaders, parliamentarians, media professionals, health professionals and youth.
Thousands of volunteers are participating in the work of IAC in all the countries in Africa and around the world.
The IAC major achievements are:
Madame Chantal Compaoré, the Former First Lady of Burkina Faso and Goodwill Ambassador of the Inter-African Committee, has made tremendous efforts in Africa and around the world advocating especially to the Heads of State, governments, international institutions, other development partners and communities against FGM.
Since 2000, the Inter-African Committee initiated the creation by young people from its 29 member countries, an African Regional Network of Youth for the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM). The second forum of this network was held in November 2006, in Addis Ababa, and it resulted in the formulation of a youth programme for both national and regional levels.
The Inter-African Committee was awarded by UNFPA with the prestigious United Nations Population Award in 1995.
From the democratic and transparent election during the last General Assembly in April 2014 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the current following Board members have been elected for 5 years:
1986 - The IAC and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) signed a protocol of agreement on cooperation and assistance
2013- Collaboration strategy between the IAC, the African Union, UN Economic Commission for Africa, UNICEF, UNFPA and ACERWC
VISION & MISSION
An African society in which african women and children fully enjoy they human rights to live free from harmful traditional practices.
To promote gender equality and contribute to the improvement of the health status, social, economic, political, human rights and quality of life of African women and children through elimination of harmful traditional practices and the promotion of beneficial ones.