[“SHARE” OCT – DEC 2019 ] JOIN HANDS JOIN HEARTS
Written by: Edward Lai (Senior Communications Officer)
What kind of person would you like to be?
When discussing dreams with youths, despite where they live, they somehow think of being a doctor, pilot, lawyer, teacher or entrepreneur. Dreams may fade in a blink, but it may also be planted in hearts, awaiting to sprout. CEDAR’s Ethiopian partner  entered local poor communities, determined on discussing dreams, meanings and values of life with youths.
Continue reading Life Education for Ethiopian Youths
[“SHARE” APR – JUN 2019 ] JOIN HANDS JOIN HEARTS
We put on armors to fight to eliminate harmful traditional practices
Subvert the harmful influences and effects
We are united and determined to take actions
Because we are now well awaken to the scourge.
Ignorant people in the past
Have been badly harmed by them
Because they did not know any better.
Ignorant people in the past believed
Harmful traditional practices were good for them
When indeed their lives were at stake.
Female Genital Mutilation is a major harmful practice.
Sugar-coated as prestigious and noble,
FGM suffocated our mothers
We regret and repent for the harm incurred.
FGM steals away sexual pleasures, corrupts marriages
And adds complications to child birth.
(Lyrics edited by CEDAR Fund, originally written by a member
from the ant-FGM group in Ethiopia.)
Under the warmth of the bright and serene sun, a group of Ethiopian village and school girls stood before a hundred villagers, and sang the above song with shiny smiles and beaming faces. Some of them had a uniformed yellow T-shirt on, where the slogan “STOP Female Genital Mutilation” was displayed clearly in the local language. This day was the special day of village education day, and also the performance day of the advocacy club.
Continue reading We are awake: STOP Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
A mere thought of the procedure of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), where a woman’s labia and clitoris are completely or partially removed, causing her virginal opening to be largely covered by the healing scar tissues, casts no doubt on the brutality of such practice. It is further heart breaking to think that the procedure was done to “ensure” pre-marital puberty. Places such as Ethiopia traditionally practices FGM where countless females were damaged both physically and mentally, with the resulting increased birth complication risks and pain during sexual intercourse.
Continue reading Liberating Female’s Body and Soul from Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation is still prevalent in Ethiopia . Such derogative custom brought severe physical and mental distress upon females, and the participation of men is imperative in the fight against the system.
Continue reading Men and Women Joined Hands Against Harmful Traditional Practices in Ethiopia
[ ‘SHARE’ Nov-Dec 2015 ] STEP INTO THE WORLD
Breaking cultural vices needs constant intervention and promotion to achieve results. CEDAR’s partner in Ethiopia, Kale Heywet Church Development Commission (EKHC-DC), fights against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Although FGM is banned, the traditional thinking and practice of genital mutilation as a means of ensuring chastity is deep-rooted. EKHC-DC therefore actively educates the public on the harmfulness of FGM through promotional events and workshops, and organises “combat groups” and ‘public awareness ambassadors’ to fight against FGM.
Continue reading Restoring Women’s Self-worth and Dignity by Breaking Cultural Vices