National Conversations and Best Practice on Female Genital Mutilation

As part of the sixteen days marking international activism on ‘Elimination of Violence against Women’ Manchester City Council and its partners are hosting a one day conference on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), on 10 December, 10.30am-4pm at the British Muslim Heritage Centre. The FGM conference will provide a starting point to progress some of these challenges whilst contributing to improving collaboration, partnership working and discourse around this harm.

The aim of the event is to stimulate conversations on FGM, and in particular how we engage, reach and work in partnership to tackle harmful practices. The event will also showcase examples of best practice around community engagement, work with survivors and insight into type four. It is hoped that conversations developed on the day will enable communities to be heard more widely within national discourse and identify new practical interventions for stakeholders, practioners and policy makers. The conversations emerging from the event will feed into the Cross Governmental Action Plan on ‘Ending Violence against Women and Girls’ providing localised insight and adding value to existing practice, collaboration and complex safeguarding.

Keynote speakers:
Peggy Mulongo – Director Nestac
Valentine Nkoyo – Director, Mojatu Foundation, Nottingham
Barry Gillespie – Consultant in Public Health, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning
Leethen Bartholomew – Head of National FGM Centre
Rose Ssali – FGM Programmes Manager, Afruca
The day will comprise of a choice of four workshops:
Designer Vaginas -vs- Cosmetic Surgery
Type 4
Community Engagement
Cross Governmental Action Plan

The event is being offered free of charge to community groups and their service users. A charge of £20 per delegate place will be payable for any practitioners or stakeholders places reserved.

This event is supported by The British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester City Council and partners.

For more information, contact Shazia Awan on 0161 234 3252/0794 075 1877 or email:

To register, visit:

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