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NAFIS speaks for the poor and marginalized to support them in achieving their rights and challenging unfair systems

Copyright © 2016 NAFIS et al.This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Efforts aimed at the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in the Somaliland communities where it is deeply rooted have extensively considered and addressed people’s perceptions on the issue, leaving those of circumcisers barely acknowledged. Although the practice is generally confined to the secret world of women, it does not mean that circumcisers cannot be influential. Indeed, circumcisers can play an important role in prevention. In order to address this gap, and having as background an extensive ethnographic field work, a transversal descriptive study was designed to explore Somaliland circumcisers’ knowledge and attitudes towards FGM/C.

The community education and FGM/C survivor support project was started in January 2011 in one support center in Hargeisa Marodijeh Region, after the first pilot year one more support center in Borama Awdal Region and in the third year one more support center in Burao Togdher region, now the project established a referral system within 21 health providers (18 MCHs and 3 General hospitals) in the three regions.  The centers provide the following services

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