Interdisciplinary Group Research for the Prevention and Research on Harmful Traditional Practices

  • Edifici B

    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


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Since 1987, Wassu-UAB Foundation develops a methodology transnational and longitudinal over time, pioneer in Spain and directed by Prof. Adriana Kaplan, that progressively focused on the study of FGM/C both in the countries of origin and destination of migrants. The first Transnational Observatory of Applied Research to New Strategies for the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is established with two research and formation bases: in Spain, the Interdisciplinary Group for the Prevention and Study of Harmful Traditional Practices (IGPS/HTP) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology Department in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and another in The Gambia, a local nongovernmental organisation the NGO Wassu Gambia Kafo (WGK). In 2009, Prof. Adriana Kaplan was awarded the Chair of Social Knowledge Transfer Parc de Recerca-Santander. In 2012, the Wassu-UAB Foundation was born as a strategic social project of the UAB.
The aim of IGPS/HTP is to implement a new strategy for the FGM/C approach, based on research, sensitization, prevention and the women and communities empowerment to assume the alternative proposals that avoid mutilation. The purpose is to protect the fundamental right of physical and psychical integrity with respect for the traditions. The group, made up of social scientists and health professionals, develops a programme of applied research and training activities that would enable the establishment of a comprehensive strategy to prevent FGM/C, incorporating the vast field experience gathered in The Gambia and the knowledge resultant from the study of the processes of acculturation and social Integration of the migratory movements from Sub-Saharan African countries to Spain.


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