Family Planning and Female gential mutilation
Working with Communities
In Austria Aktion Regen is active in the area of integration. In April 2019, our kick-off workshop on family planning and contraception took place as part of the “Seminars for Women” series of the ÖIF, the Austrian Integratuion Fonds. Asylum seekers and those with subsidiary protection can take part in these voluntary workshops.
It was an intensive exchange with the 25 participating Dari speakers, in which we not only discussed why family planning is important and which types of contraception exist, but also the similarities and differences between Austria and Afghanistan.
In the course of this seminar, we determined the enormous need for education here in Austria, especially about female genital mutilation (FC / FGM). Around 8,000 women and girls (the number of unreported cases is probably higher) are also affected or threatened by FGM here in Austria.
Promoting education is an important task of international and Austrian development policy. Education is an elementary human right!
Rain Friends Project
Our RAIN FRIENDS initiative, which started in 2020, is a project to inform Africans in Austria who live in the diaspora and are interested in family planning and the teaching of the tools of the Aktion Regen.
The aim is to inform Africans in Vienna about the activities of Aktion Regen in their countries of origin and to impart to them in seminars and workshops a basic knowledge of the contents, tools and instruments of Aktion Regen, mainly on the topics of reproductive health and family planning.
They can use this knowledge themselves or pass it on to family members, friends and acquaintances in an informal manner, be it here in Vienna or when visiting the country of origin. If a Rain Friend has aroused interest in the Regen campaign in his community, events can be organized for this special target group.
Education is like light. It brings clarity!