This report analyses the views of young African diaspora women on several subjects related to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). These notably include their perception of the current practices and attitudes towards FGM within their communities and peers. The study also explores young women’s opinions and experiences of FGM-related support services and legal frameworks in their European country. Finally, it seeks to understand the opportunities and challenges young diaspora women face in activism related to FGM within their communities.
The research was conducted by young African diaspora women living in Europe who, at the time, were also participating in FORWARD’s TuWezeshe Young Women’s Leadership programme. This feminist fellowship training is part of FORWARD’s “Accelerating African-Led Diaspora Change Makers” project. The research project also forms a part of the Spotlight Initiative, a global partnership between the European Union and the United Nations, seeking to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.