REPLACE a 12 month Daphne III funded project
REPLACE was a 12 month Daphne III funded project, aiming to contribute to efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) across the EU among practicing communities. It was a pilot project which applied a health behavior change approach, combined with participatory action research methods (PAR) to identify particular behaviours and attitudes, which contribute to the perpetuation of FGM within the EU. In particular, the pilot project aimed to understand the barriers preventing the ending of FGM among Somali and Sudanese communities in the Netherlands and the UK, and to produce a toolkit which provides a practical guide on how to use health behavior change with targeted communities to end FGM.
The Replace II project follows on from this pilot project, and involves applying the REPLACE approach and toolkit to other FGM practicing communities in other EU countries, evaluating the experiences of using the toolkit and revising and updating the toolkit in light of new findings and developments. The project is coordinated by Coventry University (UK), in collaboration with a Portuguese partner (APF), a Spanish partner (Gabinet), an Italian partner (CESIE), a UK partner (FORWARD, a Dutch partner (FSAN) and a Belgian partner (ICRH). ICRH is responsible for the evaluation of the project.
REPLACE II was launched March 18th 2013 and the kick-off meeting was held in Coventry from 22nd to 26th of April 2013.