International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation 6 Feb 2012

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are holding a joint event to include a panel of experts on FGM to mark International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation. 

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


To view the event programme, please click here.

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?  

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  

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

Please send expressions of interest to Gerald Chan, RCOG Director of Health Policy to receive an invitation:

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.  

Date published: 21/12/2011
Published by: Anonymous
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