End FGM Now: Teachers on the Frontline
SafeHands is thrilled to announce we have been awarded funding from The People’s Postcode Trust and Zonta International for a new year-long anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) project working with Hibo Wardere in the Waltham Forest area of East London.
This project will ensure that teachers and schools have the resources, support, and skills to protect girls in the area from the harmful and illegal practice of FGM.
Over the course of the year, we will co-create a series of anti-FGM resources with Hibo and local teachers, that can be used within schools to create awareness and understanding among students. Additionally, we will work with school staff on how they can address the issue within the school setting and directly support students to explore the subject more deeply.
We are delighted that SafeHands Ambassador Hibo Wardere, herself an FGM-survivor and now prominent anti-FGM campaigner, will be bringing her extensive expertise working with schools, health officials, and police departments on addressing FGM in the UK to the project.
Hibo said, “I’m so excited to be a part of this new project with SafeHands. It is so important that teachers and schools have the tools to teach students about difficult topics, like FGM. The tools we build through this project will not only be used in Waltham Forest but can be replicated and used across the entirety of the UK!”
SafeHands Assistant Director, Erica Belanger, said, “There are currently 170,000 women and girls living with the lasting effects of FGM in the UK. We are proud to be working with teachers and students to raise awareness and understanding about this harmful practice