Female genital mutilation/cutting
An estimated 200 million women and girls live with the consequences of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) in more than 30 countries worldwide.
Tearfund’s programmes focus on a partnership between faith leaders and women and girls to bring an end to FGM/C. This includes supporting FGM/C survivors to speak out against FGM/C, training survivors to lead support groups, and referring survivors to health services in the community.
Faith leaders are engaged through the Transforming Masculinities approach to advocate for an end to the harmful social norms that lead to and perpetuate the practice of FGM/C. This is done through a series of community discussions on faith, tradition and the root causes of FGM/C.
Survivors and faith leaders also undertake advocacy initiatives around FGM/C legislation with policymakers at local and national levels
Tearfund’s humanitarian response to sexual and gender-based violence
Preventing and responding to violence against women can save lives, and is therefore a vital component of protection in any humanitarian response. Tearfund’s direct response includes:
- Providing access or referrals to appropriate medical, legal, and psychosocial services for survivors
- Sharing key messages on safety for women and girls in the community
- Prevention activities promoting gender equality
- Addressing social stigma, which is a barrier to survivors accessing services
- Creating safe spaces for women to gather and discuss issues affecting them, and establishing effective systems for violence to be reported and addressed