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CREATE Youth Net engages young people in the campaign to end FGM and Forced Marriage and provides spaces for youth advocates to develop and share their work. Young people from the UK, the Netherlands and Portugal will undertake campaigning actions in their communities and then come together to form a network, learn from each other, and work together.


CREATE Youth – Net undertakes research on the perceptions, experiences and needs of young people from communities affected by FGM and forced marriage. We also examine service provision for young people on FGM and forced marriage. The two main research projects are:

  1. Participatory research on FGM and forced marriage in The Netherlands, the UK, and Portugal using PEER (Participatory Ethnographic Evaluative Research) methodology. ‘I Carry the Name of my Parents’: Young People’s Reflections on FGM and Forced Marriage‘ – which researches young people’s views and experiences of Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage. 28 young men and women were trained to be PEER researchers and interviewed a total of 82 young people from their communities to find out what they thought about FGM and forced marriage.

    Key findings from the research indicate that:

    • Young people still believed in the underlying reasons for FGM and forced marriage although they were against these practices many still believed in the underlying reasons behind the practices.
    • Many young people could not differentiate between forced and arranged marriage and were significantly more morally ambiguous about the practice of forced marriage.
    • Young people clearly stated that they would need more support to enable them to question the practices with community elders and their parents – as they elders were seen as ‘defenders of morality’. This has serious implications on the feasibility of girls and young women reporting their parents.
    • Almost all the young people recommended schools as an avenue for awareness raising and prevention methods for the practices of FGM and forced marriage.

    The research was conducted with young women and men (18 -29) living in London, Lisbon and the Netherlands who were all from communities where FGM and forced marriage occur.
    Read the final report here

  2. Mapping and Gapping of services for young people on FGM and forced marriage in each of the three countries.This is a research to be able to map out services and support on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage for young people across the UK, Portugal and the Netherlands. The research will collate information and evidence regarding the services and policies that various organisations across the UK have in regards to FGM, forced marriage and in particular engaging and including young people on these services.


CREATE Youth – Net develops free resources that can be used to engage young people including:

  • Youth-friendly print resources on FGM including FGM FAQs, FGM Information Services and Support Guide, 16 Ways to End FGM.
  • Schools Packs which can be used to educate young people about FGM in schools including a lesson plan, schools template letter, and Think Again DVD
  • A Training Pack to help develop advocacy skills in young people
  • A Peer Mentoring Guide for young people

Peer Mentoring (UK)

CREATE Youth–Net supports young people in the UK with mentoring on youth advocacy, FGM, and forced marriage. Youth advocates are trained to be mentors to their peers and are supported by FORWARD and IKWRO through the relationship.

School Engagement

CREATE Youth-Net provides engaging education sessions for students and staff in schools, colleges and universities on FGM and forced marriage. We also provide resources for staff members in school to support them to provide education on FGM.


CREATE provides training for professionals on FGM and Forced Marriage in the UK, and training on FGM in The Netherlands and Portugal.

Community Advocacy and Outreach

CREATE Youth-Net holds creative events to raise awareness and encourage public dialogue on FGM and Forced Marriage in the UK, The Netherlands, and Portugal. We also hold conferences for young people to share their learning about campaigning on FGM.