Raising a Girl: A Handbook for Newcomer Mothers and Daughters addresses things that often come up in families raising girls in the United States. The book encourages communication between mothers and daughters in order to provide the support girls need to transition into womanhood in a safe and healthy way. In this webinar, we’ll explore some ways to use the guide in your work and share more about how we engaged community members in the creation of the handbook.
Some ways webinar participants suggested to use the handbook in resettlement agencies include:
“Joint session in therapy between mom and daughter”
“Incorporate into women’s FGC sessions to have more of a conversation”
“Some resettlement offices have health sessions for women. This may guidebook may be useful for women to discuss among themselves before talking with their daughters. Women may be prompted to talk about how they feel about FGC personally when they were reluctant to talk about it before when asked.”
“Fathers really need to be included. Perhaps sites can try to find a way to include men as a separate group as a support to the women and girls going through the book so all spouses are supportive of each other.’
Any thoughts on how you could use this book for women with multiple daughters? Each daughter has her own workbook? Or could it be joint with multiple daughters?
–Lisa D., Resettlement Worker
What if the foster family and the daughters have major language and other barriers that prevent this kind of conversations?