The AHA Foundation
Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C) Training
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.
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
Working with Clients
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
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.
General Operating Funds
- Amanda Parker, Senior Director
- Kendall Waldron, Program Associate
- Bree Dyer, Program Intern
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.
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.
The Aha Foundation is headquartered in New York, but works nationwide.
This training curriculum was created in cooperation with Culture Works.
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.