FGM /C ROSA Project
WHFS (Women’s Health & Family Services) is a multi-cultural community health charity in Tower Hamlets that focuses on health and empowerment issues for disadvantaged women and their families.
At the beginning of 2014, the Rosa organisation (backed by Comic Relief) funded WHFS for a 6 month community outreach project on FGM /C (female genital mutilation/cutting). The project aimed and succeeded in raising awareness and understanding of the serious health implications of this dangerous and harmful practice. WHFS released its project report (‘Hear Our Voices’), with proposed next steps, on 16th October 2014 at the House of Commons at an FGM /C seminar chaired by WHFS and hosted by Rushanara Ali (MP for Bethnal Green and Bow).
WHFS has a long history of successfully working to empower women in communities on sensitive health issues through awareness-raising and the provision of relevant health services. We recruit and train women from local communities with direct experience of the health issue involved (with FGM /C there were concerns about “outside experts” setting the agenda for affected communities).
Since the completion of this project WHFS has continued to engage with local people and health professionals to address FGM /C from a health perspective, and ensure women can access the health services and support they need, for both prevention and ‘reversal’ procedures.
We are currently seeking funds to establish FGM /C support services for women within our local community and to continue our health and preventative awareness work.
If you can help or wish to find out more about our current work in this area please contact:
Karen Wint - Interim Operations Manager
T: 020 7377 8725
For more information see:
- WHFS’s FGM /C project report ‘Hear our Voices’
- WHFS’s Short Briefing on FGM /C
- WHFS’s FGM /C Reference Library
- Useful FGM /C resources and links including information on where to get support
Features the WHFS "Hear Our Voices" launch at the House of Commons in October 2014