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‘Between Two Cultures’

The Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD) was contracted by the FGM National Centre led by Barnardo’s to conduct a rapid Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation and Research (PEER) study among UK based migrants who originate from FGM affected communities to help shed more light on this issue and to support their community engagement programme. This report shares the findings from this rapid PEER study, carried out by migrant women and men living in Norfolk and Essex, UK. Eighteen Peer Researchers, (15 women and 3 men) were recruited through local community organisations and trained and supported by FORWARD and Barnardo’s to design and carry out conversational interviews with their peers focusing on life in the UK, and FGM. The study focused on low prevalence areas as identified in the UK Prevalence study on FGM.