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App review: Petals

Created by Coventry University, this app aims to provide information to those who are at risk of, or want more information, on female genital mutilation (FGM).

Created by Coventry University, this app aims to provide information to those who are at risk of, or want more information, on female genital mutilation (FGM).

The website is accessible and easy to navigate. Key features include the ‘facts’ section, FAQs such as ‘what do I do if I know a girl is at risk of FGM?’ and a ‘take action’ box.

While a quiz section may appear to trivialise the issue, it offers comprehensive information on legal and religious concerns surrounding the practice.

Handily, the support section signposts to a range of support available to anyone who has concerns about FGM.  

A criticism of the app is that it doesn't feature essential information for those who have undergone FGM. Moreover, considering that the app uses phrases such as ‘your parents could be prosecuted’, this could deter girls. The app could be boosted by an anonymous section for reporting FGM.

Overall, Petals is an inclusive app that nurses, particularly school nurses, could use to educate young women on FGM.


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