Women’s Health West’s Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program works with women and girls from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious background who have migrated from countries where female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is practiced.
What is the aim of the program?
We work with communities that traditionally practice FGM/C to:
- Increase women’s access to health services
- Build the capacity of health professionals to work with the women and girls at risk of FGM/C in culturally appropriate ways
- Support changes in attitude towards the practice of FGM/C and prevent it from occurring by strengthening knowledge and provide appropriate resources
Who does FARREP support?
FARREP workers use culturally appropriate resources to facilitate women’s health and wellbeing sessions with women and girls from communities affected by FGM/C.
We also provide professional development for health professionals and other organisations and individuals upon request. Training focuses on the social and cultural aspects of FGM/C to build the capacity and expertise of the services working with affected women and girls.
WHW FARREP publications
- Caught between two cultures: a young African women’s sexual and reproductive health project – consultation report 2014 summarises our community consultation about the sexual and reproductive health needs of young African women
- Mama and Nunu 2 (Mother and Baby) Manual for health professionals and service providers working with African women, particularly during pregnancy and child birth including those affected by FGM/C
- Healthy African Women Sexual and reproductive health and FGM/C information for African women and newly arrived women
- Family Harmony: understanding family violence in Somali and Eritrean communities in the western region of Melbourne. Community-based research exploring family violence to gain evidence to help improve services
- Condemn the practice not the people: A social determinants approach to FGM/C
- FGM/C fact sheet
- Working with African Women fact sheet
- FGM/C mandatory reporting
For more information about FARREP contact us on 9689 9588
- World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Charter of Ethical Practice for those working on FGM/C, African Women Australia