AFRUCA Anti FGM Champions


AFRUCA Anti-FGM Youth Champions

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The project is being funded by Big Lottery (Awards For All) and started towards the end of November 2015.

AFRUCA recruited and trained 15 young men and women between the age of 14-20 as Anti-FGM Youth Champions to be the voice against FGM in the African communities.

All champions attended a two-day training course where they learnt about the types of FGM, the impact FGM has on people, the UK laws regarding FGM, public speaking and reporting an abuse of FGM.

The Champions were engaged in raising awareness about FGM in the communities. The champions ‘role was to speak openly about FGM and what we can do as a community to stop it and its impacts on women and girls.

The project was a success and we exceeded our expected target and we were able to reach nearly 650 people in the face-to-face audience and over 2000 from a radio interview on Peace & Joy FM and in the Nubian Times newspaper with more than 4000 viewers.

All champions enjoyed the experience and said they will continue to speak against FGM to their communities and peers.

One champion H.W stated that “I am enjoying the whole experience and feel like I understand the laws on FGM and I feel very confident to discuss it in schools and with my peers.” 

They also hosted events across Greater Manchester to enable dialogues and discussions between young people, parents and community elders on the subject.

The Champions events covered most of the FGM prevalence / presence communities in Greater Manchester covering Kenyan, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Nigerian, Cameroonians, Ethiopian, Congolese, Zimbabweans, Somalians and many more people.

The events took place in different boroughs of Greater Manchester including Salford, Tameside, Oldham, Manchester and Stockport in places of worship, youth centres and schools, community centres and AFRUCA Centre for African Children and Families Centre.

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A Youth Project to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and its impact amongst African Communities in Greater Manchester

The project was funded by Department for Communities and Local Government and started towards the end of February 2015.

AFRUCA recruited and trained 7 young women as Anti-FGM Youth Champions to be the voice against FGM in the African communities.

All champions attended a two-day training course where they learnt about the types of FGM, the impact FGM has on people, the UK laws regarding FGM, public speaking and reporting an abuse of FGM.

The Champions were engaged in raising awareness about FGM in the communities. The champions ‘role was to speak openly about FGM and what we can do as a community to stop it and its impacts on women and girls.

The project was a success and we exceeded our expected target and we were able to reach nearly 400 people in the face-to-face audience and over 4000 in television and radio interviews on Pendleton TV, Manchester TV, ALLFM radio, and in the Mancunian Matters online newspaper with more than 2000 viewers.

All champions enjoyed the experience and said they will continue to speak against FGM to their communities and peers.

One champion M.J.M stated that “I have learnt so much about FGM and feel privileged and confident to speak out against it. I will campaign against it for life.”

The champions took part in radio, newspaper and TV programmes where the issue of FGM discussed. They also hosted events across Greater Manchester to enable dialogues and discussions between young people, parents and community elders on the subject.

The Champions events covered most of the FGM prevalence / presence communities in Greater Manchester covering Sudanese, Kenyan, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Congolese, Zimbabweans, Somalians and many more people.

The events took place in different boroughs of Greater Manchester including Salford, Tameside, Oldham, Manchester and Stockport in places of worship, youth centres and schools, community centres and AFRUCA Centre for African Children and Families Centre.

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Debbie Ariyo – (Founder/Chief Executive of AFRUCA) speaking at the consultative evening

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Our AFRUCA Anti-FGM Champions with the Chief executive, Debbie Ariyo

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1st Champions event hosted by VC and BC in Oldham

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2nd Champions’ event, hosted by SN & RN at Manchester Academy College

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3rd Champions’ Event held at Christian Faith Centre (Salford) by AM and IK

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5th Champions’ event, hosted at Withington by VC and MJM

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6th Champions’ event, hosted by MJM and VC at Christ Embassy Church during the Vessel of women’s conference

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7th Champions’ event Maria Jacky hosted at Young Live Centre in Moss Lane by MJM

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8th Champions’ event, hosted by VC during the Refugee Week in East Salford

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9th Champions’ event hosted by MJM at PENTECOSTAL EVEANGELICAL CHURCH, BOM DEUS

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10th Champions’ event held at ALLFM radio station

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12th Champions during the Reunion Consultative Day

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Potential and old Champions during the Reunion day

Click here to read an Article from MancunianMatters Newspaper.

Read more about our work on FGM

Voices of the Community: Exploring FGM among African Communities in Greater Manchester

AFRUCA Anti-FGM Youth Champions

AFRUCA Therapeutic Services

Ongoing Research: Voices Community: Exploring Practice of Labia Elongation Among African Communities in Greater Manchester

What is FGM? (adult version)

What is FGM? (children’s version)

For further information about this Project, please contact rose@afruca.org or call 016 1205 9274

 

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