Utulivu recognises five types of sexual and gender-based violence, which are sexual violence, physical violence, emotional and psychological violence, harmful traditional practices and socio- economic violence. However, based on our organisation’s expertise, Utulivu’s work focuses on female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence, forced marriages and trafficking. Utulivu focuses on raising awareness of female genital mutilation by working with affected communities, healthcare professionals and front line serviceproviders like schools, police and with organisations working at policy level. We have also developed and published many resources including an online training module on FGM, in collaboration with transnational organisations which aims to educate professionals, people in the media and people working in healthcare and law enforcement. Utulivu also conducts research on issues like domestic violence, rape and trafficking which particularly affect women.
Utulivu is committed to ending violence against women and girls and works with range a range stakeholders to ensure victims and those at risk access appropriate support.
Our current activties include
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision and is usually carried out on girls between the age of infancy and the beginning of puberty, and sometimes in adulthood. There is no health benefit to FGM and it is recognised internationally as a human rights violation.
In the UK, FGM is illegal. Those who carry out the procedure or who arrange for a girl to travel abroad in order to undergo FGM are at risk of a large fine and a prison sentence of up to 14 years.
Over 200 million girls and women have undergone FGM across Africa, the Middle East, south East Asia and in migrant communities worldwide. In England and Wales alone, over 65,000 girls and women are estimated to have undergone FGM; while at least 25,000 girls under the age of 15 are currently at risk of being subjected to FGM.
We run community FGM awareness campaigns to safeguard young girls at risk and work closely with families, community and faith leaders to highlight the effects of FGM on victims, highlight parental responsibility and ensure that girls and women are protected. Utulivu also runs support activities for survivors of FGM, offering specialist one-one counselling and peer support group sessions. We train FGM community champions and run courses for frontline professionals to competently handle FGM issues and
to reach communities.