Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting National Education Toolkit in Australia
The National Education Toolkit for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Awareness

Best Practice in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) Education and Prevention Programs

What is the NETFA Best Practice Guide?

The National Education Toolkit for FGM/C Awareness (NETFA) Best Practice Guide outlines a set of accepted guiding principles to inform health promotion programs working with communities around the issue of FGM/C in Australia. The Guide has been developed in consultation with programs across Australia, and is based on a review of best practice recommendations from successful national and international initiatives and organisations.

The NETFA National Standards Framework is also a quick reference tool that can be used in conjunction with the Best Practice Guide to assist in the development of new resources for community education or community-based engagement. This Framework can be used by individuals and organisations that is involved in using and/or producing resources for FGM/C affected communities living in Australia.

The Literature Review documents and inform the Best Practice Guide to identify best practice models and evidence-based approaches in relation to community awareness and education within a migrant and refugee context.

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Complete NETFA Best Practice Guide

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NETFA Literature Review

NETFA Literature Review.pdf

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NETFA National Standards Framework

NETFA National Standards Framework.pdf

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What approach is used in the NETFA Best Practice Guide?

This Best Practice Guide approaches the issue of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) within a human rights-based framework that respects the voices, knowledge, culture and life experiences of girls and women. It is an approach that views FGM/C as a violation of human rights, as well as a practice which is harmful to the health of girls and women. Empowering communities, especially women, to take the lead in activities supporting the abandonment of FGM/C without stigmatising girls, women or their community is of central importance to this approach.

The NETFA Best Practice Guide has also been developed to layout an approach Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in Australia. In other words, it recognises that the premigration, migration and settlement experiences of individuals and communities often negatively affects their access to and awareness of health services, health information and health prevention programs. For this reason, the guide is particularly relevant for programs working with immigrant and refugee populations.

Who is the Best Practice Guide for?

The Guide is intended for individuals and organisations working with diaspora communities in Australia around the issue of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). It could also be useful for health professionals, practitioners and community workers who work with communities in which the practice has been traditionally performed.

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