Doctors of the World highlights the role of teachers in the fight against female genital mutilation

Doctors of the World has defended the role of teachers in preventing and fighting against female genital mutilation, as well as "interdisciplinary" work with schools, health centres and families to prevent anyone from amputating girls' right to be women.

 Female genital mutilation. Photo: UNFPA
Female genital mutilation. Photo: UNFPA

On the occasion of the World Day against Female Genital Mutilation, which is celebrated on 6 February, the NGO recalls that there are more than 18,000 girls at risk of suffering this practice in Spain. It also calls for "the extension of the state protocol to the educational field", as has already been done by regional normative gaps.

It also calls for "the involvement of public administrations with responsibilities in education and of schools with students from countries at risk".

As it highlights, the NGO trains health and education professionals, as well as guidance figures from schools and institutes. "In the classrooms we prevent, and in many forums, both academic and neighborhood, we break the myths about female genital mutilation", it stresses.

In its view, it is "fundamental" to train all sectors involved in preventing and combating genital mutilation "and thus avoid stereotypes and misconceptions.

In this context, the organization recalls its work in 'little Mali' - as Recas, a village in Toledo province with just over 4,000 inhabitants, 600 of them from this African country, is called.

In this municipality, the educational, health and family communities have been "involved in teamwork to save the clitoris and the lives of many girls, who are at risk of being mutilated when they travel with their families to their countries of origin for holidays, as the NGO points out.

When they travel to their countries, a whole coordinated protocol is activated that requires the involvement of many people: the teacher communicates the information to the counsellor and director of the centre. The teacher communicates the information to the guidance counsellor and director of the centre, who summons the family of the child to corroborate the information and explain the process they have to go through before and after the trip.

The parents must go to the health centre and sign a preventive document in which they promise not to mutilate their daughter and, on returning from the trip, allow the paediatrician to check the child to ensure that she has not been mutilated.

By Mexicanist