My Voice – FGM Project
My Voice is a research project that is working with communities in Scotland affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The project empowers communities to challenge and prevent FGM while supporting the development of culturally sensitive support services for individuals affected.
The term FGM, or ‘cutting’ as it is sometimes known, refers to a range of procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to female genital organs where there is no medical need. The practice is associated with short and long term health complications for the women and girls involved.
FGM is illegal in Scotland and considered to be a particularly extreme form of child abuse and violence against women.
Through My Voice, we’re engaging with affected communities, educating and empowering women and men to challenge the continued justification of FGM. Alongside this work, we are also reaching out to minority ethnic agencies to gather information about existing support services. This work will inform the development of training resources to ensure effective, culturally sensitive services.
The work of My Voice is supported by the Dignity Alert Research Forum (DARF), a charity working to end violence against women and children in Scotland.
If you or someone you know has been affected by FGM, we can help you to find and access support services locally. Contact Jerusalem Barnabas for more information. All information will be treated confidentially.
If you are part of an organisation working with communities affected by FGM, we would be delighted to hear from you to talk about how we can work together. Contact us to find out more about the project.