Research Team

Michela Fusaschi, anthropologist and Project director

Francesco Pompeo, anthropologist

Valentina Vitale, anthropologist and financial director

Giovanna Cavatorta, anthropologist

Cecilia Gallotti, anthropologist

Participant Institutions

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)Partners
Università Roma Tre (Italy)
Fondazione Angelo Celli per una cultura della salute (Italy)
Fundación Wassu – UAB (Spain)
CEI-IUL (Portugal)
Vrij Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)


In the four countries involved in the project, there is an estimated population of 80,000 women coming from countries where FGM/C (female genital modification) is practised and at least 15,000 girls possible victims of this form of gender based violence. Public policies effectiveness in prevention and combat this harmful practice doesn´t depend only on the existence of protocols. It also requires that professionals have adequate specific knowledge and skills, that FGM/C prevention and victims protection are coherently mainstreamed in all related sectors, and that programs and policies are assessed by independent agents with multidisciplinary expertise. The consortium deems therefore strategic and urgent to contribute to the development, implementation and extension of a multi-sectorial academic training for future professionals in contact with possible victims of FGM/C (500 students) from a Human Rights Based and Gender Equality Approach. The methodology will be inspired by integrated joint research and training initiatives in countries of origin and host countries. The objective is to promote an integral and multi-sectorial approach to prevent and combat FGM/C through training, capacity building and development of expertise among University students, professors and professionals in European host countries.