Youth Project: Georgina Jones

From working with the Savera UK project, we’ve already learnt lots, such as: harmful practices and how they affect people; skills on how to teach others about harmful practices and other skills such as public speaking and camera skills.

So far, we have discussed various harmful practices that Savera UK aims to stop and raise awareness of, as well as beginning to organise the youth conference and make the plot for our short film. The film will follow the life of a young girl who is forced into a marriage and shares her ordeal online.

Over the course of the project, we’ve learnt more about female genital mutilation and the impact it has on women, along with the laws regarding female genital mutilation in the UK. We also learnt the differences between arranged marriage and forced marriage, what they consist of and how they, forced marriage in particular, can lead to honour based abuse.

I’d like to be able to come out of the project knowing more about harmful practices and how to help people who may find themselves subject to them. I would also like to be able to teach other people who are less aware of harmful practices about them and what they can do to help.

I think it’s important to do projects like this with young people because harmful practices are often linked to one specific community and are not talked about enough, so most people are unaware that they still exist. But by working on projects like this with young people, we can teach them about the practices and how they can help or stop them from happening.

I’ve really enjoyed working on the project so far because I think talking about harmful practices and stopping them from happening is really important and I’m glad I can help in a way by raising awareness.