The UAB creates a foundation to prevent female genital mutilation

The UAB anthropologist Adriana Kaplan will lead the new Wassu-UAB Foundation, an institution created with the aim of contributing for the care and prevention of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), based on a pioneer methodology of research applied to knowledge transfer. Wassu-UAB Foundation has been presented in a press conference in Barcelona by the Vice-Chancellor of Social and Cultural Transfer of the UAB, Dr. Buenaventura Bassegoda.

FGM/C is a harmful traditional practice affecting 125 million women and more than 3 million girls every year in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Gambia is one of the countries with a highest prevalence of FGM/C (76.3%) and Gambian women immigrated present the highest fecundity rates in Spain. FGM/C comprises all procedures which, intentionally and for non medical reasons, modify or injure the female genital organs and present negative consequences in the short and long term to the health of girls and women.

Prof. Adriana Kaplan, Chair of Social Knowledge Transfer of the Parc de Recerca UAB – Santander, has been working since 1987 to prevent FGM/C on sub-Saharan young women, through applied research, knowledge transfer and the proposal of alternative rites of passage to practicing communities. In 2008, with the support of Fundació "la Caixa", she created the Transnational Observatory of Applied Research to New Strategies for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, with two research centres in Spain and in The Gambia. The Transnational Observatory will now be hosted by the Wassu-UAB Foundation.