PERRAS-UK directors have been engaged in Policy Education on the rights of the Girl Child against Female Genital Mutilation in the UK and Africa through. We offer training for service providers/professionals, advocacy for FGM victims and potential victims, support for parents and young girls from FGM practicing communities and community to increase awareness FGM and the existing laws and policies.
The United Kingdom enacted Female Genital Mutilation Act in 2003 and it is the duty and responsibility of organisations like PERRAS-UK to get involved in implementation and make a difference convention in the lives of girl children who are potential victim or who are already been victims.
The United Convention of the Rights of the Child, (1989), Article 24 (3) requires states to “take all effective and appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children.” FGM is one of those practices; we are committed as an organisation to advocate for its abolition by working with stakeholders at different levels.
PERRAS-UK has a number of projects planned towards abolition of FGM that have not been able to implement due to lack of funding that we could discuss with those willing to support to make a difference in the lives of girl children in Africa and the UK.
We have also been involved in training professionals and schools to raise awareness and acquire protection skills.