The main training output of MAP-FGM project, the Multisectoral Academic Training Guide on FGM/C has just been released in 6 languages. Published by Dykinson Publishers, under the direction of Professors Adriana Kaplan and Laura Nuño Gómez, this teaching manual is aimed at promoting and facilitating the incorporation of academic content about FGM/C in university degrees of Medicine, Nursing, Education, Psychology, Social Work, Law and criminology, Anthropology, International Cooperation, Gender and Feminist Studies and Sciences of Communication and Journalism.
The Guide has been drafted by professors and researchers from a wide range of disciplines within the partner institutions (URJC, Wassu Foundation, VUB, Roma Tre, Foundation Angelo Celli, and ISCTE-IUL). The authors are, in alphabetic order: Neus Aliaga, Rut Bermejo Casado, Clara Carvalho, Giovanna Cavatorta, Gily Coene, Ricardo Falcão, Lidia Fernández Montes, Diana Fernández Romero, Sabrina Flamini, Michela Fusaschi, Cecilia Gallotti, Adriana Kaplan, Sonia Nuñez Puente, Laura Nuño Gómez, Els Leye, Carla Moleiro, Maya Pellicciari, Francesco Pompeo, Julia Ropero Carrasco, Nora Salas Seoane, Cristina Santinho, Magaly Thill and Valentina Vitale.
The aim of the Guide is to offer, in a structured and accessible way, teaching content for the training of the future professionals that can play a key role in the prevention and abandonment of the practice and the assistance to women and girls. In that sense, it can be useful to the university teaching staff, to the academic authorities or to the students interested in acquiring academic and professional knowledge specialized on the subject. The plurality of perspectives gathered in this guide reflect the intensity of academic debates and the complexity of the theoretical and practical dilemmas that the abandonment of the FGM/C poses, both in the countries of origin and in hosting countries.
This Academic Training Guide on FGM/C is organized into two parts. The first one, which is common to all disciplines, offers basic information about FGM/C (Chapter II), as well as in-depth data useful to get an in-depth understanding of it (Chapter III). The content of these two chapters will be of interest and useful to all the teaching staff and student body, regardless of their specialty, and it constitutes an initial approach to FGM/C knowledge-base. The second part, formed of six sectoral chapters, has a methodological design adapted to the teaching activity of the university degrees and post-graduate degrees in medicine, nursing and midwifery (Chapter IV), law and criminology (Chapter V), social work, education and psychology (Chapter VI), anthropology and cultural studies (Chapter VII), gender and feminist studies (Chapter VIII), and communication and journalism (Chapter IX).
In order to reach the goals and didactic competences of every discipline, each sectoral chapter has been developed by an inter-university group of experts. Those chapters provide conceptual and theoretical content, practical information and recommendations, extracts of ethnographic interviews, bibliographical and audio-visual resources, dilemmas and questions to be solved, different proposals of debates and activities to use in the classroom, and evaluation exercises. All, with the purpose of facilitating the incorporation of the thematic in the formative curricula.