Promising Practices Program

Administering Organization

The AHA Foundation

Program Name

Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C) Training

Program Objectives and Unique Needs Addressed

In this training program, you will receive practical guidance on how to work with and protect women and girls who have undergone or are at risk of FGM, as well as their families and communities, in a culturally-sensitive manner. It is an interactive, ideologically-neutral primer that draws on multiple case studies and provides guidelines for identifying cases and addressing these issues. This training is specifically designed for law enforcement agents, educators, doctors, domestic violence and social work professionals, and others who work on the front lines protecting women and girls in the US from violence and abuse.

Program Description

This training curriculum is intended to provide guidance to professionals for engaging with a client/victim/survivor or person at risk of FGM/C, in a culturally sensitive manner. The training is broken up into three sections: Introduction to FGM/C; Working with Clients; and Case Studies. A detailed outline of the curriculum is listed below.

 Introduction to FGM/C

  • Definition and different types of FGM
  • Why FGM is usually practiced
  • Health and psychological consequences
  • Legal landscape of FGM/C in the US (Federal and State Laws)
  • Geographical breakdown of regions at highest risk of FGM

Working with Clients

  • Prepare: These are the conditions that should be created for a substantive and successful engagement with the victims and/or affected communities and families.
  • Identify Barriers: You will identify and address the barriers that might limit the client/victims/survivor's participation in your efforts.
  • Active Listening: You will identify the conditions that need to be created and sustained to enable the client/survivor/victim to gain trust and feel comfortable to engage.
  • Interpret: You will learn the possible range of responses to reactions to the deeper probing of a practice that is taken for granted in their families and communities.
  • Safety Plan: There are a variety of risks involved for immigrant women and girls seeking to support to either prevent FGM/C or to deal with its consequences in their lives that you should be aware of.
  • Educate: It may be surprising to the clients/victims/survivors that there are girls outside of their communities that have undergone the practice, that there are girls within or outside of their communities that have not undergone the practice, and that the practice violates international norms.

Case Studies:

  • Three FGM/C hypothetical scenarios.

Resource Materials Used in Program

Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (FGM/C) Training for Professionals Working with Victims and Communities- AHA Foundation

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States: Updated Estimates of Women and Girls at Risk, 2012- Centers for Disease Control 

Female Genital Mutilation Factsheet- World Health Organization 

Women and Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States- Population Reference Bureau

Groups Served by Program

Law enforcement agents, educators, doctors, domestic violence and social work professionals, and others who work on the front lines protecting women and girls in the US from violence and abuse.

Program Funding

General Operating Funds

Program Staffing and Required Staff Training

- Amanda Parker, Senior Director
- Kendall Waldron, Program Associate
- Bree Dyer, Program Intern

Program Evaluation

To evaluate the effectiveness of this training program, we are in the process of implementing two surveys. One survey will be taken by the participant directly after the completion of the training program, and the second will be taken six months later.

The initial survey covers the usefulness and comprehensibility of the training program, the applicability of the material, and requests any suggestions or recommendations for improvements to ensure the program remains as up-to-date, accurate, and clear as possible. It also inquires about the participant's job title, geographical location, and experience in working with cases of FGM.

The follow-up survey given six months after the training program inquires again about the usefulness of the program, as well as whether the participant has used the material from the training since they completed the program.

Program Outcomes

As these surveys are being newly implemented, the Foundation has not yet compiled tangible data. We anticipate proper long-term evaluation and effectiveness measurements of the training program by Spring 2018.

Additional Comments

The Aha Foundation is headquartered in New York, but works nationwide. 

This training curriculum was created in cooperation with Culture Works.

Program Contact

Amanda Parker

info@theahafoundation.org

http://www.theahafoundation.org/

Program Dates

The Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C) Training for Professionals Working with Victims and Communities program began in September 2016 and is still operating as of May 2017.