Invitation to chair the FGM Conference : Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

Hesk, GCO ORCID: 2018, Invitation to chair the FGM Conference : Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation , ONECPD Salford Professional Development.

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“There are some actions which, once taken, can never be undone. Female genital mutilation is one such action – it changes everything.”Jon Rouse, Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

An estimated 137,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM), and at least 200 million have been subjected to the practice in 30 countries worldwide. NHS trusts and GP practices recorded attendance of around 2,000 individual women and girls between July and September 2017 where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM had been undertaken. More than 3 million girls are estimated to be at risk of FGM annually.

FGM is practiced for a variety of cultural reasons, but has no health benefits and can cause both short and long-term complications. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Both government legislation and campaigners are attempting to raise awareness about FGM, change cultural attitudes towards it and, ultimately, eradicate its practice.

The FGM Conference will bring together key influencers who will share their views on what can be done to protect women and girls in the UK from the dangerous practice of FGM. Join us to hear speakers discuss cultural attitudes and the impact of the practice, preventative measures introduced by the government, and what is being done to raise awareness.

Item Type: Other
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Publisher: ONECPD Salford Professional Development
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Depositing User: Ms Gabrielle Hesk
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 12:59
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:13

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