We were approached recently by the writer and lecturer Sarah Penny, who was determined to reach out to the Somalian community here in the UK with a series of monologues about FMG (Female Genital Mutilation):
“...using dramatherapy and creative writing techniques to open up dialogue between mothers and daughters about the possibility of refusing FGM...”
In association with members of the Somali Development Network, we recorded and edited these speeches, in Somali, to be uploaded to a dedicated website and made available at community centres, etc.
It’s been an exhausting but thoroughly enlightening and humbling experience to work alongside Sarah and the many contributors who care deeply about the cause. We hope it makes a difference.
More on FGM here:
BBC NEWS JULY 2016: FGM: 'More community funding needed' to maintain progress
THE GUARDIAN reviewing the award-winning, FGM-themed play ‘Cuttin’ it’:
FGM survivors on Cuttin' It: 'I remember that smell of disinfectant too'