What is the AFTER Project?
Since 2016 ActionAid has been working on a programme in Ireland called the AFTER (Against Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting Through Empowerment and Rejection) project.
Cork city and county was selected as the target area for the implementation of the project in Ireland. While it has a large migrant population, services for women and girls who have undergone or are vulnerable to FGM/C that are available in Dublin are not available in Cork.
The AFTER project is supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme of the European Union to work with migrant women and girls from FGM/C practicing countries. The project is being implemented across five European countries (Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Sweden) by six partners.
ActionAid Ireland leads the AFTER project in Ireland and has been collaborating with AkiDwA to reach wider communities and share experiences.
What is FGM/C
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting or FGM/C refers to all procedures that involve partial or total destruction of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. In some countries around the world, mainly in Africa, FGM/C is a harmful cultural practice and an extreme form of sanctioned violence and discrimination against women.