Researchers at Coventry University have created a new app, endorsed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), to help protect young girls and women from female genital mutilation (FGM).
It is anticipated that the new app, developed jointly by experts at Coventry University’s Centre for Communities and Social Justice (CCSJ) the Centre for Excellence in Learning Enhancement (CELE) at Coventry University and in partnership with Coventry City Council, will prove to be a valuable resource in the fight against FGM.
The app, which works across most mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and lap tops via an internet browser, is aimed primarily at young girls living in affected communities and at risk from FGM. But it can also be used as an educational tool to teach young people and others the facts and realities of FGM.
The app’s content includes information about FGM, personal stories from those who have been affected by the practice, links to educational films, a quiz and tips on how to get involved in campaigning to end FGM. It also provides details of where those affected or at risk can go to get help and advice and it enables users to access the NSPCC’s National FGM Helpline at the touch of a button. Maintaining personal confidentiality and safeguarding potentially vulnerable users was integral to the app’s design and it has been developed with built in privacy features.
The app can be accessed at: http://petals.coventry.ac.uk