The Multisectorial Academic Program to prevent and combat female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) is an innovative project aimed at raising awareness, knowledge and skills of future professionals in contact with possible victims of FGM/C in the European Union. For this purpose, a pluridisciplinary team of professors and researchers have developped a Mutilsectorial Academic Training Guide, that will be soon available in 6 languages.
The pluridisciplinary drafting methodology adopted has lead to a multiperspective academic manual aimed at developping critical, gender and culture-sensitive thinking around FGM/C as well as practical recommendations stemming from experience of work with women and girls who have undergone FGM/C, their families, the community and profesionnals.
As well, an integrated and adapted course on FGM/C will be inserted into curricula of Medicine, Nursery, Midwifery, Law, Social Work, Education and International Development in five pilot Universities of four European countries (Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Spain). At least 500 university students will receive an integral training to effectively prevent and protect girls and women against on FGM/C.
Finally, as a broader objective, members of academic community, professors, researchers, public administration and NGOs workers will also be able to increase their expertise on FGM/C through international seminars hold in Brussel, Lisbon, Madrid and Roma, and organized with the cooperation of researchers based in countries of origin. This webpage, 3-monthly newsletters and a video-spot planned for September 2017, will also contribute to out-reach a wider public.