Harmful cultural practices
Works on women`s equality and against violence against women. Website includes resources which can inform training.
ACCM (UK) works to tackle and eliminate harmful traditional practices, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); Forced Marriage (FM); and Honour Based Violence (HBV) that impacts and violent the human rights and wellbeing of girls and women.
Training and resource materials
Forced Marriage (ppt 639KB)
Presentation on forced marriage legislation, November 2011.
Project Azure: FGM (ppt 277KB)
London Metropolitan Police presentation on FGM (NB refers to English legislation)
FGM Resource DVD, FGM National Clinical Group, 2010, 16mins
A useful overview of FGM aimed at non-health professionals. Further films for health professionals can be accessed here.
Equality Now, 2008, DVD, 62 minutes
Africa Rising is a powerful documentary portraying the indomitable grassroots movement to end female genital mutilation. Available on loan from Women’s Support Project.
- Harmful traditional and cultural practices related to violence against women and successful strategies to eliminate such practices – working with men. Dr Michael Flood (pdf 109KB)
- Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West, Sheila Jeffreys, Routledge, 2005
- It`s not just domestic violence. The beginners guide to 16 types of violence against women.The pixel project.
- The impact of harmful traditional practices on the girl child Berhane Ras-Work, United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with UNICEF (pdf 196KB)
- Women and Forced Marriage in Scotland (pdf 1.37MB)
Research report. Angela Voulgari, Saheliya, 2012
- ‘Honor killings and the quest for justice in black and minority ethnic communities in the UK’, and ‘Moving towards a “multiculturalism without culture”: constructing a victim friendly human rights approach to forced marriage in the UK’. United Nations. (pdf 118KB)
- Tackling FGM in the UK. Intercollegiate recommendations for identifying, recording and reporting (pdf 5.74mb)
Report from a number of agencies, including Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives. 2013
- Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in the UK. What works in community based prevention work. (pdf 906KB)
The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Initiative supported community-based organisations in the UK to carry out FGM prevention work. This is the summary of an independent evaluation, conducted by Options UK.
- A statistical study to estimate the prevalence of female genital mutilation in England and Wales, Forward, 2007 (pdf 244KB)
- Forced marriage: information for professionals Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2011
- Female Genital Mutilation. Caring for patients and safeguarding children (pdf 1.56MB) Guidance from the British Medical Association. July 2011
- Baseline study in Glasgow and Edinburgh on the beliefs, views and experiences of FGM.
Dignity Alert and Research Forum, 2010
- FGM Multi-Agency Handbook, FCO, HM Government, 2011 (pdf 1.63MB)
- The facts of FGM. HM Government, (pdf 453KB)
- FGM Peer Research, ROSA, 2012 (pdf
Report on peer research carried out in England. Useful reading, highlighting issues and attitudes within FGM practising communities.
- The Facts about FGM. University College London Hospitals, 2012 (pdf 856KB)