Who We Are

In 2016, the Dunya Women’s Health Collaborative was launched to improve the health and well-being of FGC affected and at-risk communities in San Diego County. Dunya’s community partners seek to: 

  • Conduct community outreach and education to improve awareness of FGC-related health care services. 
  • Develop cultural competency and clinical management training for healthcare providers.
  • Ensure access to affordable, high quality, culturally and linguistically competent health care services for FGC affected communities.
  • Facilitate survivor-led dialogue with culturally competent community leaders to break the silence and advocate for sustainable change.

What is Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting?

According to the World Health Organization, FGM involves all procedures that comprise of partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Quality of U.S. Health Care for FGM-Affected Population

Refugee women who have undergone FGM/C often suffer from short and long-term health-related complications. U.S. health providers are ill equipped to help them—lacking the experience, cultural competency, and adequate interpretation services. We have partnered with Family Health Centers of San Diego on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded program to bring much needed preventative care to educate refugee women and the medical community that serves them.


Curbside Consultation: Female Genital Cutting PDF

American Academy of Family Physician Policy on FGC DOCX

Building Capacity to Care for Refugees PDF

Primary Care for Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities PDF

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