International Slavery Museum partners with Savera UK to launch youth-led #EndFGM exhibition

02/04/2022

The Savera UK Youth #EndFGM exhibition opens at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool on Friday February 4, ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM on Sunday February 6.

An exhibition of multimedia artwork created by a group of young people campaigning to eradicate the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), will open in Liverpool to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM (6and February).

Organized by members of Savera UK Youth, the exhibition features photography and poetry highlighting the impact of FGM on survivors and those at risk, which was created by young people in collaboration with survivors, artists from performance and photographers, who shared their lived and professional experience. skills to help inform and create exposure.

The work aims to educate people about FGM and challenge harmful traditions that violate human rights, while separating it from culture and religious practice, with which it is often mistakenly confused.

The exhibition will run from Friday February 4 to Sunday February 27, 2022, in the “Make Space” exhibition space of the International Slavery Museum, located on the 3rd floor.

Hannah Gloudon from Savera UK Youth said:

“We are thrilled to finally exhibit our work, which was originally created in 2019 and was scheduled to be exhibited in 2020.

“The pandemic has seen schools close and put many vulnerable young people at risk of FGM. Last year, UNICEF said an additional 2 million cases of female genital mutilation are likely to occur over the next decade due to COVID-19*

“It has never been more vital for us to speak out against FGM and empower our peers to do the same. Education is key to achieving our goal of being the generation that ends harmful practices like FGM and we hope our #EndFGM exhibit raises awareness and encourages others to join us in speaking out.

Lois South, education demonstrator at the International Slavery Museum, added:

“The work that Savera UK does is extremely important, and it is an honor to work with them to highlight and raise awareness about FGM and other harmful practices.

“The art that members of Savera UK Youth have created is beautiful, emotional and powerful, and we hope that through this exhibition we can collectively shine a light on what is often a misunderstood subject.

“As a museum, our mission is not only to raise awareness of transatlantic slavery, furniture and other forms of slavery, but we are also a campaigning museum that actively engages with contemporary human rights issues. ‘man.

“We hope that through this exhibition we can make a difference and educate people on this sensitive but important issue.”

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Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said:

“FGM has no place in today’s society. Not only is it illegal, but it is life-threatening and leaves young victims agonizing over long-term physical and psychological challenges.

“Raising awareness of the risks and signs of FGM within our communities, and among key agencies and professionals, is essential if we are to protect girls from harm. I welcome the launch of this innovative exhibition organized by Savera UK Youth which aims to educate people about the impact of FGM and encourage them to speak out.

“Although FGM is an extremely sensitive subject, no cultural, religious or medical reason can ever justify a practice that causes so much suffering. We need everyone to understand that FGM is child abuse, it is illegal and must be eradicated.

While female genital mutilation and other harmful practices, such as ‘honour’ based abuse and forced marriage, remain ‘hidden’ crimes that often go unreported, Merseyside Police have recorded an increase nearly 56% of abuse reports based on “honor” in 2021.

The force works closely with Savera UK Youth’s parent organisation, Savera UK, a leading charity that tackles culture-specific abuses such as HBA, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) , providing vital support to survivors and those at risk and campaigning to eradicate the practice for good.

Merseyside Police’s head of vulnerable people, Detective Superintendent Steve Reardon, said:

“Merseyside Police statistics show that in 2021, 54 incidents of honour-based abuse were reported to the force, representing an increase of 24 over the 12 months to March 2021. Far fewer incidents of forced marriage and FGM have been reported, indicating that under-reporting of honour-based abuse and other harmful practices remains a problem in the region.

International Slavery Museum - #EndFGM

“There are currently 24 FGM protection orders in place in Merseyside, protecting 27 girls, and 36 forced marriage protection orders, protecting 66 people. While these numbers provide part of the picture at the local level, the actual number of people at risk of “honour” based abuse is not known due to the hidden nature of these crimes.

“We urge anyone who has been the victim of honour-based abuse to contact the police. You will be accompanied sensitively by specialist officers, and we will help you receive support from the dedicated team at Savera UK.

For help and support you can contact the Savera UK helpline on 0800 107 0726 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday), you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or if you or someone you know is at immediate risk, call 999.


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