Violence Against Women & Girls
AAF is committed to ending violence against women and girls and works with range a range stakeholders to ensure victims and those at risk access appropriate support.
Our current activties include;
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision and is usually carried out on girls between the age of infancy and the beginning of puberty, and sometimes in adulthood. There is no health benefit to FGM and it is recognised internationally as a human rights violation.
In the UK, FGM is illegal. Those who carry out the procedure or who arrange for a girl to travel abroad in order to undergo FGM are at risk of a large fine and a prison sentence of up to 14 years.
Over 200 million girls and women have undergone FGM across Africa, the Middle East, south East Asia and in migrant communities worldwide. In England and Wales alone, over 65,000 girls and women are estimated to have undergone FGM; while at least 25,000 girls under the age of 15 are currently at risk of being subjected to FGM.
We run community FGM awareness campaigns to safeguard young girls at risk and work closely with families, community and faith leaders to highlight the effects of FGM on victims, highlight parental responsibility and ensure that girls and women are protected. AAF also runs support activities for survivors of FGM, offering specialist one-one counselling and peer support group sessions. We train FGM community champions and run courses for frontline professionals to competently handle FGM issues and to reach communities.
SACRED BODIES FGM CAMPAIGN
AAF is part of the Special Initiative to Tackle FGM, which is funded by Trust for London, Esmee Fairbairn and Rosa. Now in its second phase, Sacred Bodies FGM Project has registered tremendous successes in engaging faith leaders, men, women, young people and professionals in FGM conversations within the boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and beyond. We are active members of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Forums and provide training for frontline professionals in South London on FGM.
DEPTFORD CHALLENGE TRUST FGM CAMPAIGN
With funding generously awarded to us from the Deptford Challenge Trust, we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer free training to any frontline professionals in the Deptford, New Cross and surroundings areas of Lewisham. We train professionals how to identify risk factors, how to talk about FGM and how to respond in both confirmed and suspected cases of FGM.
FGM YOUNG SURVIVORS PROGRAMME
The Young Survivors Project works with girls with personal experiences of FGM and their families providing support to ensure better mental health and wellbeing. We provide FGM specialist counselling, peer group discussions, group-based therapeutic arts activities, advocacy training and community outreach in a safe and confidential space.
If you feel our our services would be useful to you or you would like to volunteer, please get in touch.
This project is supported by City Bridge Trust.
FGM TRAINING PROGRAMME
We deliver specialist FGM training to a diverse range of frontline professionals in social care, education, health and voluntary and community sector. We work closely with safeguarding/VAWG teams, schools, hospitals, the police, families and communities to contribute to improved FGM prevention and early intervention; provision of high quality specialist services and enhanced partnership working.