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Asian Women's Shelter and Sahiyo: Supporting Asian Survivors of FGMC

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $300,000)

<p dir="ltr"><b id="docs-internal-guid-389ea529-7fff-f56b-889b-317d1f94d50a">Asian Women&rsquo;s Shelter (AWS) and subgrantees Sahiyo, StoryCenter and Joanna Vergoth, LCSW, are applying for an OVC Addressing Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) award of $300,000 for a 36-month period to expand the Voices to End FGM/C intervention. Voices to End FGM/C provides safe, confidential, and culturally responsive services to FGM/C survivors,&nbsp; community education to FGM/C impacted communities, and training to healthcare workers and other personnel encountering survivors, with a focus on Asian and Arab communities that are widely and wrongly assumed to be unaffected by FGM/C.&nbsp;</b></p> <p dir="ltr"><b id="docs-internal-guid-389ea529-7fff-f56b-889b-317d1f94d50a">AWS, a San Francisco-based organization, has been a leader for 33 years partnering with immigrant, refugee, and U.S.-born Asian and Arab women and children survivors of gender-based violence. Subgrantee, Sahiyo U.S., named one of six inspiring organizations working to end FGM/C by Population Reference Bureau, has created education and outreach programming on FGM/C, focusing on serving U.S. South Asian communities. Subgrantee StoryCenter has worked with AWS since 2005 and with Sahiyo since 2015 to offer survivors of trauma a creative digital storytelling intervention to reduce isolation, increase empowerment, and affect cultural change. Joanna Vergoth, LCSW, national expert in mental health services for survivors of FGM/C, will be the clinical liaison to survivor support activites. Voices to End FGM/C partners will:</b></p> <ol> <li aria-level="1" dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><b id="docs-internal-guid-389ea529-7fff-f56b-889b-317d1f94d50a">Provide trauma-informed digital storytelling interventions to Asian and other survivors of FGMC to break isolation, support survivor sense-making, and empower survivors to craft&nbsp; personal messages for cultural change.</b></p> </li> <li aria-level="1" dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><b id="docs-internal-guid-389ea529-7fff-f56b-889b-317d1f94d50a">Offer additional trained, confidential, culturally relevant supportive services to survivors, including online support groups, crisis line response, and case management if requested.&nbsp;</b></p> </li> <li aria-level="1" dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><b id="docs-internal-guid-389ea529-7fff-f56b-889b-317d1f94d50a">Expand awareness in communities impacted by FGM/C of harms of FGM/C by screening stories and providing Storyteller Empowerment Sessions to do safety planning addressing survivor risks of speaking against FGM/C in one&rsquo;s community.&nbsp;</b></p> </li> <li aria-level="1" dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><b id="docs-internal-guid-389ea529-7fff-f56b-889b-317d1f94d50a">Increase quality of care by training healthcare and gender-based violence professionals, and other personnel interfacing with survivors.&nbsp;</b></p> </li> <li aria-level="1" dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation"><b id="docs-internal-guid-389ea529-7fff-f56b-889b-317d1f94d50a">Boost social awareness of FGM/C through a survivor-driven dissemination plan for stories and related social media campaign.&nbsp;</b></p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr"><b id="docs-internal-guid-389ea529-7fff-f56b-889b-317d1f94d50a">Year 1&rsquo;s intervention focuses on California; Year 2 creates a nationwide cohort of storytellers through a virtual workshop for survivors unable to travel; Year 3 focuses on New York. AWS is confident that the proposed project for FGM/C survivors will fill gaps in service provision and contribute meaningfully to an end of FGM/C.</b></p>

Date Created: September 21, 2021