• Two countries, a pioneer project.

The Transnational Observatory of Applied Research to New Strategies for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting was created in 2008, thanks to the financial investment of Fundació "la Caixa" and the scientific and academic support of the Dpt. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. The Transnational Observatory is integrated by the Interdisciplinary Group for the Study and Prevention of Harmful Traditional Practices (IGSP/HTP) and Wassu Gambia Kafo as its two research and training centres, in Spain and in The Gambia. Its aim is the development of a comprehensive methodology, culturally respectful, evidence based and results oriented, to prevent the practice and contribute to the well-being of girls and women experiencing its consequences. The result is an innovative and sustainable response to traditional methods, based on ownership, institutional strengthening and sectorial concentration, aligned with local policies and strategic international plans.

"It´s one of the best approaches because it is research-based, it has a lot of substance, it´s factual."

B.S., tutor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Our proposal is in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization concerning FGM/C, which focus on three areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Building evidence
  • Providing guidance

Moreover, it contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, particularly:

  • Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women;
  • Goal 4: Reduce child mortality;
  • Goal 5: Improve maternal health.

Knowledge is gathered in the field through applied research on the socio-cultural reality of FGM/C and its health consequences, and then transferred in cascade to key social agents such as health, social services and education professionals, policy makers, community and religious leaders, for them to be the ones transferring it to the society.

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