Forum Against Harmful Practices

Establishing a media academy for better journalism

Sierra Leone
2017 - 2018

Forum Against Harmful Practices is a coalition of civil society organisations formed in 2014 to end FGM and other harmful practices in Sierra Leone. As part of HDF’s funding for the Global Media Campaign, they held a landmark media academy to utilise the reach and influence of the press. A group of leading journalists were exposed to the practical realities of FGM/C and its harmful medical effects, religious perspectives, and the media code of ethics and laws.


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The data is clear: Sexual violence affects girls and boys in every country around the world. For far too long it has been a silent pandemic, with little awareness of the scope, scale, and consequences of the problem or understanding of potential solutions. That silence has allowed violence against children to perpetuate.

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TED talks ending violence against children

The challenge to end violence against children took centre stage at TEDSummit 2019 in Edinburgh. Howard Taylor, Executive Director of End Violence Against Children, explored the truly devastating scale of violence against children and the truly unprecendented opportunity we all…

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