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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 06 Feb 2011

Date: 06 February 2012 from 2.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: RCOG, Regent’s Park, 27 Sussex Place, London NW1 4RG 

Background
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined by the United Nations as “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”. 

It is also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision. In the UK, the Female Genital Mutilation Act (2003) makes it an offence to subject a child or woman to the practice.  Clinical guidelines and legal guidance exist to assist professionals in their decision-making. 

Despite safeguards, to date, there have been no prosecutions for FGM in the UK even though, anecdotally, the practice still occurs within some communities.   Why is this happening?  If we know that cases of FGM continue in the UK, what can we do to prevent the practice?  

Purpose
The aim of the day is to bring together different agencies and organisations involved in FGM to discuss the problems and develop practical solutions to eradicate this harmful practice.  

  • Who should attend?
  • Healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses, midwives
  • Legal professionals working on FGM cases
  • Government officials working on FGM or child protection issues
  • Social workers dealing with FGM or child protection issues
  • Charities, NGOs and not-for-profit organisations with work streams on FGM
  • Anyone with a genuine interest on the subject  

Cost
This event is free to attend but places are strictly limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Registration
Please send expressions of interest to Gerald Chan, RCOG Director of Health Policy to receive an invitation: gchan@rcog.org.uk .  

The event will be followed by an unveiling of a tapestry by the Shoreditch Sisters, Women’s Institute and a drinks reception.

The programme will be available online soon.


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