LESSAN started nationwide training in communities and with key professionals on how to use the letter of protection
The Letter of protection against Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision (FGM/C) is a milestone in the effort to end FGM/C. The document provides information about support services and legal consequences of this human rights violation. This document, which includes information on support services as well as guidance on the legal consequences of FGM/C, will enable women, girls, and family fathers to strengthen their voices against FGM/C and protect girls and women affected by it. The project aims to raise awareness on a community and professional level about how the letter of protection can be used effectively in counselling and prevention work without stigmatizing.
More than thirty multipliers from communities in all federal states, activists and all those interested in working with communities have already been trained in the use of the letter of protection and are conducting independently organized awareness-raising activities. Training sessions for health care workers, social workers, refugee shelters and counsellors working with affected and vulnerable girls and women are conducted by experts from LESSAN. They explain how the letter of protection can be brought up, for example, when traveling to the home country or in the diverse communities in Germany, to prevent further FGM/C incidents.
The letter of protection is also disseminated on LESSAN's social media channels. If you would like to spread the word about the letter of protection as well, please feel free to use the hashtag #Schutzbrief4FGM/C.
Link to order or download the letter of protection: BMFSFJ - Letter of protection against female genital mutilation (Schutzbrief gegen weibliche Genitalverstümmelung)
Letter of protection in French, German and English
On LESSAN's website www.lessan.eu you can download the letter of protection in your language and always carry it with you. Good thing this is also available as an audio file in 15 languages for illiterate people.
LESSAN invites you to the international conference on the 9th December 2021! Please find more info on www.lessan.eu.
The letter of protection is sparking a nationwide exchange and empowering girls and women in communities inside and outside of Germany.