Presentation on theme: "Engaging Young People on FGM in the UK"— Presentation transcript:
1Engaging Young People on FGM in the UK Peggy Mulungo – NESTACDina Baky- FORWARD
2About the New Step for African Community (NESTAC) NESTAC is a Refugee Community Organisation that aims to support refugees, asylum seekers and other new migrant communities, especially from African origin, across Greater Manchester.Our focus and vision:Educate through Cross-cultural awareness trainingsSupport, Advocate and Empower clients to fulfil their potentialResearch, Inform and Share learning on Cultural issuesHealth and wellbeing, using trans-cultural therapeutic approachesNESTAC started running its FGM programme initiatives in Greater Manchester since 2008.
3About FORWARDFORWARD is an African Diaspora led charity working to safeguard and advance the health and rights of African girls and women. We focus on FGM, child marriage and related health concerns.Our vision is that women and girls live in dignity, are healthy and have choices and equal opportunities
4FORWARD’s work Different Programme Areas: Africa EU and UK – policy workFrontline Professionals TrainingCommunity EngagementYoung People Speak Out!
5What is FGM?The terms “female genital mutilation","female genital cutting“; female circumcision” and "female genital mutilation/cutting"refer to:all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasonsAdapted from World Health Organization 2008
6Why is it important to engage young people on FGM? What might be potential challenges to engaging young people on FGM?General discussion for 2-3min
7Core Principles Always YOUTH led Creative Empowering Collaborative Engaging in discussionFGM in ContextBreak up into group and give each group one core principle and ask them to brain storm how you would practically ensure this principle was being adhered to. Then go back and go through and discuss this.7
8Young People Speak Out AIMS: Engage young people from FGM practicing communities in the UK,Build their knowledge, skills and confidence to advocate against FGM,Provide a platform for their voices to be heard.
9Young People Speak Out Youth Led Advocacy: Schools Programme Participatory ResearchTraining and Youth AdvocatesPublic Awareness EventsCreative Campaigning ProjectsYouth Friendly Resource ProductionSchools ProgrammeSupport and Outreach work to provide and advice for those affected by FGM.
11Participatory Research Participatory Research with young peopleNational Youth Survey on FGMFocus Group Discussions: Manchester, Sheffield, London and BirminghamEuropean PEER ResearchForced Marriage and FGMPortugal, Netherlands and UKImportance and linking it to the key principles.Why this approach – the necessity of itOwnership; authority; tailoring services11
12TrainingTraining: provides young people skills e.g. leadership skills, GBV and FGM.Youth GroupsSpecific ProjectsWork with UniversitiesEmpoweredYouth Advocates: Peer education through workshops and events.Skill building; empowering and engaging; placing it in context; youth led; access12
13EMPOWERED‘One thing I liked was the ‘bringing together’ of other females and the importance of being a female’
14Creative Campaigning Creative Campaigning Projects Think Again These are our Friends – NationalCREATIVEInsert lo14
15These Are Our Friends Video /www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhMbKqS5KtI
17Public Awareness Events Public Awareness campaigns and events:National – X takes the StandWoman Whose Canvas – LondonKaribu – ManchesterFGM Youth Conference – BirminghamFGM is Everybody's Business – Bristol
18Youth Advocacy Café‘This event proved that advocacy can happen at any age and begin from anywhere in the world. It is something we can all do.’
21Youth Friendly Resource Production Information Resources for young people:FGM FAQs,ISS Guide16 Ways to help end FGMCampaigning Resources developed by youngpeopleThese are our Friends - NationalFGM Factfile: Interactive Teaching ResourceFGM Song – ManchesterFGM Play – Middlesbrough
23Practical Considerations Creating a safe spaceLanguage Sensitivities and AppropriatenessDemographics: age, gender, communityIncentivesAccessibilitySupporting young people to negotiate age/power structuresSupport structures in place for young womenSafeguarding and referral pathwaysSupport for young people23
25What needs to be put in place to enable schools engagement on FGM? Why is it necessary to work with schools? What are we hoping to achieve?What needs to be put in place to enable schools engagement on FGM?What might be some of the concerns/challenges with engaging schools on FGM?
26FORWARD’s Schools Programme - Aims Equip teachers with the knowledge to better respond to FGM in their schoolsSupport schools to create an ‘open environment’, one that is safe and one in which girls and young people know they can receive support around FGMRaise pupils awareness of FGM.
27FORWARD’s Schools Programme Staff Training on FGMStudent Awareness SessionsYouth Friendly ResourcesOut-reach or Drop in SessionsOne-to-one SupportAdvice and GuidanceParents’ SessionSupporting pupils to take further action
28Schools work in Manchester FGM Awareness Training delivered to school staff across Greater Manchester.Provision of advice, guidance and support to school staff when dealing with a case of FGMStudents’ awareness sessions (secondary schools) starting in January 2015.
29FGM Schools resource pack The FGM Schools Resource Pack aims to facilitate effective school wide engagement on FGM. It includes:FGM Lesson Plan: with materials and teaching aidsFGM Support Resources for young peopleFGM Resources for Teachers:FGM informationSupport and safeguardingFGM Resources for Schools
30That’s how you do it! – Examples of good practice Whole school approachMandatory training of ALL staffSafeguarding procedures and point of contactEngaging young people in the campaignSetting context – does this make sense to the young peopleEmphasising importance – why do young people need to knowWorking in partnershipKnowing what support is out thereTeachers not being trained on FGM – so not able to respond to safeguarding or support concernsTeachers not in the roomLack of consideration of the appropriateness of the sessionTargeting specific pupils to attendNo awareness of safeguarding procedures on FGMNo knowledge of local support servicesSilo approach to FGMFGM work in isolationInsufficient time allocatedInappropriate setting30
31Learning and Challenges lessons need to be more interactive and activity focusedLanguage and imagery: stigma and safetyNeed to get staff on board and prepared:Several of the sessions led to disclosuresSchools need to create an enabling environmentAwareness should also include focus on support servicesWhere is the YOUTH – need for youth friendly resources and servicesNeed to support schools to engage on the issue and build their capacitySplit to two slides31
32Student Feedback“If I had a friend with this problem with the things that I learnt today I would help my friend with the doctor or police”“One thing someone could do is make sure that there is somewhere for victims of FGM to go and talk about it e.g. youth club or a specific centre”“One thing I can do is to be aware it happens in the UK and to write to David Cameron to ask him to do some work on it. I would ask him to get more involved with the FORWARD organisation.”
33Staff Feedback“I spoke yesterday with my class about the sessions – and the AMOUNT of information between them that they came up with is excellent – I was so proud and impressed with them and that is all down to what you taught them. They even taught me some things I wasn’t aware of. Despite my initial reservations, I would definitely have you back in our school”
34Successes Confidence building Skills development “All of our confidence has grown so much since doing this, we feel like wenow know what we are talking about, so we feel comfortable and confidenttalking about it.”“We were able to motivate each other, as soon as I saw Naima do her poem Iwas like, yeah I can do that! I didn’t feel alone, I had the whole group with me.”Skills development“I learnt something new everyday”
35Changing attitudes “They said I was disgracing Somalis for talking about stuff like this.”“Some people didn’t know about itand some had been through it andso I thought it was good that thosegirls were comfortable enough totalk to me.”“At first they were laughing but now they actually want to have conversations and get more informed.So it feels good to be able to talk about it.”
36effective they are to deliver messages.’ Young people influencing their community“I really enjoyed the event, we feel like that was the best part, the way the people were happy and overwhelmed and looked like they actually learnt something”‘I learnt tonight how important young people are as Ambassadors and howeffective they are to deliver messages.’Member of the audience
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