“Between two cultures:” A rapid PEER study exploring communities’ views on FGM in Norfolk and Essex, UK
In the beginning of 2016, the National FGM Centre conducted a rapid PEER research into community attitudes to FGM in two of its pilot sites. The report published in July, shares the findings from the study, carried out by migrant women and men living in Norfolk and Essex, UK. Eighteen Peer Researchers, (15 women and 3 men) were recruited through local community organisations and trained and supported by FORWARD and Barnardo’s to design and carry out conversational interviews with their peers focusing on life in the UK, and FGM. The study focused on low prevalence areas as identified in the UK Prevalence study on FGM.
The aims of this research were to:
– Shed light on the lived realities of migrants from these countries and gain insights into their communities’ views on FGM in the UK as well as back in their country of origin.
– For the first time, research attitudes and support for FGM in predominantly white British areas that are considered “low prevalence” for the practice.
– Use the findings to inform and strengthen FGM prevention programmes.
– Empower those involved in the research, strengthening their voice and ensuring that they are at the centre of research and programmes that concern them.
The findings reveal increased risks to FGM for communities facing isolation and language barriers that are not reached by awareness raising and prevention programmes. The findings also reveal increased risk of domestic violence amongst communities that struggle with integration in primarily white British areas and do not have access to support.
You can access the full report here:
PEER Research National FGM Centre
The findings of the research were covered in the Nursing Times magazine:
“Extra vigilance needed to identify FGM in rural areas”