Thanks to Awards for All funding we were able to discuss FGM prevention and safeguarding practices with women from affected communities. Here we share what we have learned from them and how it can help other women from affected communities and empower professionals to work better with them and their families.
FGM is a tricky subject to discuss. This child protection issue is very sensitive as many family members see it as being in their daughter’s best interest. This guidance has been developed through conversations with women from affected communities in London, many of who are parents or grandparents. We simply want to empower you to better serve women and girls from affected communities by sharing some of their perspectives with you. Wonder Foundation strongly believes that the voices of people who are the subject of policies must be reflected in policy and practice. We are grateful to them for sharing their experiences and ideas are happy to continue to receive thoughts and ideas to continue to improve these resources.
As awareness of FGM in the UK has arisen, policies have been developed to protect women and girls and to prevent the practice. We welcome this action, and undertook research to encourage people to act to end FGM. We also sponsored Dr Raheal Gabrasadig's research into medics' confidence in addressing FGM. As time has gone by, we realised that the voices of normal women from affected communities, who have led the campaign in the UK since the beginning, had begun to be heard less. These resources aim to address that. We would welcome feedback on this resource so that it can be improved.