The Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Prevention and Study of Harmful Traditional Practices (IGPS/HTP) was set up in 2003, in the framework of the line of research inaugurated at the Dpt. of Social and Cultural Anthropology by Prof. Adriana Kaplan at the UAB. Its aim was the development of a programme of applied research that would enable the establishment of a comprehensive strategy to prevent FGM/C, incorporating the vast field experience gathered in The Gambia and the knowledge resultant from the study of the processes of acculturation and social integration of the migratory movements from Sub-Saharan African countries to Spain.
With the creation of the Wassu-UAB Foundation, the IGPS/HTP has been integrated as one of the research and training centres that make part of the Transnational Observatory of Applied Research to New Strategies for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.
The team, made up of social scientists (demography, law, anthropology, social work, pedagogy, etc.) and health professionals (gynecology-obstetrics, pediatrics, family medicine, public health & nursing), carries out applied research and training activities in Spain, promoting a preventive approach towards FGM/C. As a result of this intervention, an increasing number of migrant families are now supported by qualified professionals in the areas of health, education and social services, who understand and respect their cultural beliefs. In an environment free of judgment, parents are informed about the health consequences of FGM/C and the legal implications of the Spanish legislation towards the practice, being able to take informed decisions with regard to their daughters.