Knowledge transfer in Andalusia: health professionals are trained to prevent FGM/C

For Wassu is crucial to transfer the knowledge gained from research to key actors who may have an impact on the prevention of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and the Andalusian community has joined in this effort.

On June 29th, the anthropologist and director of the Wassu Foundation, Adriana Kaplan, led the training Female Genital Mutilation: identity, health and human rights, in Almería. Primary Care professionals in health and social services of the local community participated in the program, with whom methodological proposals of preventive intervention were shared within the existing legal framework, in order to generate arguments for an intelligent and respectful reflection on FGM/C.

The content, included the definition, typology and classification of FGM/C, as well as the associated social and cultural aspects, notions about the situation in Africa, and the legal framework that regulates this practice in Spain and internationally. It was also important to land the problem in the local context, thus providing data on the prevalence and geographical distribution of FGM/C in Andalusia, to sensitize professionals with regard to the consequences for physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health.