UEL hosts International FGM prevention day event
Local organisations come together to display zero tolerance for FGM
The University of East London (UEL) hosted a conference to show its support for the campaign to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
FGM comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
Conference organizer and UEL lecturer Hayley J Edwardson, said, “As a lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion, I feel it is important to champion discussions and support conversations with women and their families on the potentially harmful effects of FGM, as well as the negative social consequences that can be associated with girls who remain ‘uncut’, who sometimes fear they may be ostracised from their community.”
The United Nations Population Fund, alongside UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), leads the largest global programme to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. It currently focuses on 17 African countries and also supports regional and global initiatives.
Katy Porter, Chief Executive at Manor Gardens, said, “Manor Gardens Welfare Trust works hard with all our community partners in Newham to prevent FGM and support those that have experienced the trauma of FGM. “Events such as this at UEL are so important in bringing people together, giving opportunity to talk and understand this complex issue. Only by doing so can we hope to eradicate FGM within our local communities and beyond.”