UK charity to train anti-FGM champions

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afrucaAfricans Unite Against Child Abuse [AFRUCA] a UK charity which aims to promote the, wellbeing of African children in England, has received a grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government to recruit and train 10 youth Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Champions. Their role would be to work within their various communities to educate about the dangers of the practice to children.

The project will work with 10 young people between the ages of 16 to 20 years who will undergo training to help build their knowledge of the issue and provide them with public speaking and presentation skills to help communicate their messages to their communities.

Rose Ssali, AFRUCA FGM Project Co-ordinator said: ”We are happy to have received this funding to help us raise awareness of what is often a taboo subject in many African communities across Greater Manchester. With our new
Champions in place, we hope to help draw attention to the practice which can cause children a lot of harm. We expect that parents and community leaders will be able to understand the importance of stopping this practice and the consequences of having it done to their children.”

The project will hold from February to June 2015 and will be launched on the 30th of March 2015 alongside our new report mapping the practice of Female Genital Mutilation amongst African communities across Greater
Manchester.