UNISON Northern Ireland

Female Genital Mutilation Workshop for Health Professionals

Event Date: 
18 May 2018 - 10:30 to 12:30

UNISON Belfast

This event is run in partnership with the Royal College of Midwives and is supported by the Somali Action Women's Network (SWAN) in NI.  

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there's no medical reason for this to be done.   It's also known as "female circumcision" or "cutting", and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others.  FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15 and has an a lifelong impact on their health and particularly with issues around pregnancy.  The Dept of Health has issued safeguarding guidelines for health professionals.   This workshop will cover:

  • The social and cultural context of FGM
  • Overcoming cultural and language barriers
  • FGM legislation
  • Safeguarding
  • Managing disclosure and reporting
  • Supporting FGM survivors

It will be delivered by Angie Marriott, Cross Cultural Diversity Consultant