The European Forum to Build Bridges on FGM was held on 28 November in Brussels by the End FGM EU.

The Forum gave the opportunity to more than 100 actors working to end FGM - including NGOs, IGOs, service providers, practitioners, donors, researchers, experts, lawyers, academics, civil servants, activists, survivors and community representatives worldwide to share experiences, exchange good practices and discuss future trends.

The aim of such Forum was to give a platform to all actors involved in working to end FGM worldwide to explore how to build bridges and strengthen cooperation between different regions of the world, between different sectors and how to foster actions that address various forms of VAWG through a holistic approach.

The Ubele Initiative was represented by Drew Sinclair who spent the day gathering some of the most prominent messages arising from the forum and transformed them into original works of art.


Mapping the children and young people’s health and well-being support services in North Kensington

The Grenfell Tower fire tragedy that took place in the early hours of 14th June 2017 was not just the devastation of a physical building but a human travesty. A faulty fridge freezer in a kitchen on the second floor of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of public housing flats in North Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is believed to have started the fire which engulfed the floors above. This caused a reported 80 deaths from across the 129 flats and over 70 injuries with around 255 people said to have survived.

Set against this backdrop, Ubele Initiative, was engaged by Working with Men to undertake a ‘three months’ mapping exercise to produce: “…a directory and/or map of those services in place to support the health and well-being needs of children and young people living in North Kensington.”