Following the completion of Phase 1, ActionAid Ireland was requested by the Direct Provision Centres to continue the work with new residents. And so, in May 2019, ‘AFTER 2’ officially began. This work was funded by the Permanent TSB Staff Fund. The training was conducted by the facilitator trained under the initial AFTER project.
The Empowerment Paths methodology seeks to empower women and men from FGM practicing countries. We aim to prevent young girls and children from undergoing the practice in the future. Participatory methodologies are used in group discussions to allow women, girls and men of any education level to participate and contribute to the debate.
REFLECT-Action, a reflective methodology, was used to organise and frame the discussions. This method has been used successfully by ActionAid for many years working with communities in developing countries. As a result, the approach has also been used by over 500 organisations in 70 different countries globally, all reporting positive results in the fight against FGM.
Expanding the work
ActionAid also hopes to expand the work to other centres. And so, with further funding, Phase 2 of AFTER could:
- Carry out 8 Empowerment Paths (12 workshops in each) with different groups of women, men, boys and girls in Direct Provision centres.
- Reach 400 people nationwide with face to face engagements about FGM.
- Work with four national-level organisations (An Garda Siochana, Tusla, HSE and teacher’s unions) to equip their members with the skills necessary to address cases of FGM.
- Engage 30 Champions for Change, including high-profile individuals, to advocate against FGM/C and for better services for survivors.