Wardle Wise – Community Cohesion

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We live in a diverse, amazing, multi-cultural society. Everybody is different and we celebrate this difference. There can be times when we may find it difficult to understand certain cultures. What’s important is that we don’t ignore these cultures or the lessons we can learn from them, but instead, learn to tolerate them, even if we find some of them unusual.

By learning about different cultures, life choices and backgrounds, we will become and more accepting community. This will allow us to grow and develop, ready for the challenges that will face us in the future.

LGBTQ

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning. LGBTQ awareness is all about helping us to have a better understanding of the differing sexualities that exist within our community. Our Easter 2016 Wardle Wise campaign was all about raising awareness of the LGBTQ community within our school.

If you want to express your concerns discreetly, you can email wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk at any time.

You can find lots of useful links about LGBTQ awareness below:

Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender children and young people.
The LGBT foundation website.
LGBT support Northwest.
Link to the Manchester LGBT centre.
Website providing support to parents of LGBT children. 

LGBTQ+ ALLIES

At Wardle Academy we have LGBTQ+ Allies who help our students in any way possible and who believe that everybody should be equal. Here they are talking about why they are an LGBTQ+ Ally and why everyone else should be too.

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) – Source

FGM is the deliberate mutilation of female genitalia. This is often the removal or cutting of the labia and clitoris. The World Health Organization describes FGM as any procedure that injures the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM has no health benefits and is in fact very harmful to health in many ways.

FGM is illegal. Even if carried out by a healthcare professional or if it takes place outside the UK.  It is a form of gender-based violence, it is a human rights violation and it is a form of child abuse.

FGM is damaging.The lives of women and girls can be ruined by FGM. It causes physical and mental health problems which can go on for all of their lives. It is also extremely distressing and damages women’s relationships and how they feel about themselves.

FGM does not need to happen. No one should be forced to have FGM and the law should protect women and girls who are at risk. If any students or parent/carers have any concerns or questions about FGM they can contact our safeguarding team at any time.

If you want to express your concerns discreetly, you can email wardlewise@wardleacademy.co.uk at any time.

Learn more about FGM on the websites below:

NESTAC – The New Step for African Community is a non-profit organisation (registered charity), established to support Africans and immigrants, particularly those living in the North West of England. 
Support our Sisters (SOS) – A support and wellbeing project, delivered by NESTAC. The project has been created to deliver emotional support for those who have undergone FGM and for those at risk of the practice. 
FORWARD – Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development – A leading African diaspora women’s campaign and support organisation. FORWARD work through partnerships in the UK, Europe and Africa to transform lives, tackling discriminatory practices that affect the dignity and wellbeing of girls and women. Our focus is on female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and obstetric fistula. 

 

 

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