Never a Soft Touch

After a record breaking Fringe for fundraising, Waverley Care can now also lay claim to being part of an award-winning show!

This week, Jerusalem from our My Voice FGM Project picked up a partnership award from the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas (CoDI) for her involvement in the show, Never a Soft Touch.

A collaboration with Oonagh O’Brien at Queen Margaret University, the show presented a mix of poetry, personal stories and presentation, raising awareness of the facts and cultural sensitivities that surround FGM.

FGM refers to a range of procedures that intentionally alter female genital organs where there is no medical need. The issue is particularly relevant to the work of our African Health Project, where it is part of the conversation we have with communities around sexual health and HIV.

While Scotland was once considered a soft touch on the issue, the show highlighted the steps now being taken to prevent FGM and other forms of violence against women, including action from the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and various community organisations.

The My Voice project is part of that story – engaging with communities affected by FGM in Scotland to involve them in discussions about challenging and preventing the practice, and developing culturally sensitive support services. The show presented the findings of the project’s work.

The show, which was attended by 65 people and raised a £70 collection for Waverley Care, was recognised as the Best Involvement of a Partner Organisation by CoDI.

Now in its sixth year, CoDI is curated by Edinburgh University on behalf of the city’s four universities. It brings together a programme of events looking current research across a range of topics to inspire questions and debate. 2018 was the first time Waverley Care had been involved in the programme.

You can find out more about the My Voice project here.