The Course

The United to END FGM (UEFGM) e-learning course addresses the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the context of health and asylum services. The course is available in English, Portuguese and Italian.

If you are interested in registering for the UEFGM e-learning course, please read the course information below. Once you have chosen your preferred stream of study, follow the step-by-step guide for registration. You will then be issued with a secure username and password, enabling you to access the online learning platform.


Learning Outcomes

The UEFGM e-learning course aims to enhance the skills of health and asylum professionals supporting women and girls affected by FGM. By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the types and effects of FGM
  • Communicate about FGM in a gender- and culture-sensitive way
  • Frame FGM as an abuse of human rights
  • Identify relevant European and international asylum regulations and treaty provisions
  • Adopt a transcultural approach to the healthcare needs of affected women and girls

 


Course Structure

The course consists of two Foundation Modules and four Specialised Modules - two in the area of health and two in the area of asylum.

  • Foundation Modules provide an introduction to understanding female genital mutilation (FGM) as a human rights issue and a particular form of gender-based violence.
  • Specialised Modules offer asylum and health professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge of FGM, through two further modules specifically designed for professionals from each field.

Each module combines a variety of material and exercises, including docudrama, case studies, additional reading and self-assessment quizzes, providing the learner with a wide and informed perspective to develop essential skills.

Course participants are expected to complete a self-assessment quiz at the end of each module, attaining at least eight correct answers before proceeding to the next module. The quiz may be taken as many times as required. After completing all required modules and quizzes, the participant is requested to fill out a brief course evaluation. The participant will then receive an electronic certificate.


Streams of Study

Course participants are invited to register for one of three streams of study:

  • Asylum Stream
  • Health Stream
  • Combined Stream

Participants in all streams must complete the two Foundation Modules. Additional modules to be completed are as follows:

Module Asylum
Stream
Health
Stream
Combined
Stream
Module 1: Introduction to Female Genital Mutilation
Module 2: FGM, Gender Identity, Roles and Power Dynamics in the Context of Migration
Module 3: The Consequences of FGM on Women’s Health  
Module 4: FGM as Ground for International Protection  
Module 5: The Health Context: Communication Techniques in Supporting Women Affected by FGM  
Module 6: The Asylum Context: Communication and Interviewing Techniques  

 


Module Overview

 

Foundation Modules:

 

Module 1: Introduction to Female Genital Mutilation

Target Group: Asylum and health professionals
Languages: English, Portuguese, Italian
Objectives: Module 1 provides an overview of issues related to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and its prevalence in Europe. Key objectives are to:
  • Establish prevalence, definition and typology of FGM
  • Highlight immediate and longer-term consequences and risks of FGM
  • Describe key factors determining differences in how FGM is practised
Methods: Supporting documents, video material, useful links, factsheets, checklists, additional reading, self-assessment quiz.

Module 2: FGM, Gender Identity, Roles and Power Dynamics in the Context of Migration

Target Group: Asylum and health professionals
Languages: English, Portuguese, Italian
Objectives: Module 2 provides an overview of FGM, gender identity and migration. Key objectives are to:
  • Understand the role played by female genital mutilation (FGM) in the construction of gender identity, gender roles and power dynamics
  • Explore how the migration process intersects with these dynamics
  • Recognise the functioning of FGM as a social norm and possibilities for promoting an end to the practice
Methods: Video material, supporting documents, useful links, checklists, additional reading, self-assessment quiz.

 

Specialised Modules:

 

Module 3: The Consequences of FGM on Women's Health

Target Group: Health professionals
Languages: English, Portuguese, Italian
Objectives: Module 3 examines the effects of FGM on women’s health. Key objectives are to:
  • Describe short- and long-term consequences of FGM and their management
  • Identify relevant guidelines and laws in relation to FGM in Europe
  • Facilitate identification of at-risk individuals
  • Identify appropriate language to be used in consultation with affected girls and women
  • Highlight role of counselling and psychological support
Methods: Visual material, checklists, supporting documents and useful links, additional reading, self-assessment quiz.

Module 4: FGM as Ground for International Protection

Target Group: Asylum Professionals
Languages: English, Portuguese, Italian
Objectives: Module 4 discusses FGM in the context of asylum. Key objectives are to:
  • Outline the legal basis for FGM-related claims to asylum under EU and other law
  • Establish the concept of State and non-State agents of persecution
  • Understand the term “well-founded fear of persecution” in the context of the Geneva Convention
  • Establish what is “relevant” and “reasonable” in considering the option of internal flight or relocation
Methods: Case study, supporting policy and legal documents, useful links, checklists, additional reading, self-assessment quiz.

Module 5: The Health Context: Communication Techniques in Supporting Women Affected by FGM

Target Group: Health Professionals
Languages: English, Portuguese, Italian
Objectives: Module 5 examines techniques for effective communication with those affected by FGM. Key objectives are to:
  • Identify common barriers to communication between FGM-affected women and health professionals
  • Understand basic counselling principles and skills
  • Determine means of identifying at-risk women and girls
  • Highlight the consequences of the medicalisation of FGM
Methods: Case study, visual material, supporting documents and useful links, checklists, additional reading, self-assessment quiz.

Module 6: The Asylum Context: Communication and Interviewing Techniques

Target Group: Asylum Professionals
Languages: English, Portuguese, Italian
Objectives: Module 6 outlines communication and interviewing techniques used to determine refugee status, and the skills required to be effective. Key objectives are to:
  • Present guiding principles of refugee status determination (RSD), evidence, burden of proof, and documentation and sources relating to country of origin
  • Discuss gender-sensitive interviewing and an individualised approach to assessing credibility
  • Provide checklists of key steps
Methods: Case study, supporting documents and useful links, checklists, additional reading, self-assessment quiz.