Results from PEER studies in London, Amsterdam and Lisbon

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This report presents the results of three Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation Research (PEER) studies, carried out as part of the CREATE Youth-Net project, which aims to safeguard young people in three European countries (the United Kingdom, Portugal and the Netherlands) from harmful practices, in particular Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. The two year project is funded by the European Commission Daphne programme and led by Foundation for Women’s Health and Development (FORWARD), in partnership with Federation of Somali Associations in the Netherlands (FSAN), Family Planning Association Portugal (APF) and Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO). Twenty-eight young men and women, from diverse ethnicities, were recruited by project partners in Lisbon, Amsterdam and London to act as PEER researchers. All were aged between 18-29 years old with an average age of 23 years. They were trained in conducting conversational interviews and ethical practice, and selected three trusted friends with whom to conduct in-depth discussions. A total of 82 respondents took part. Interviews covered a range of themes, including migration experiences, gender and social norms, notions of cultural identity, and harmful practices including FGM and forced marriage.