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3d international expert meeting on management and prevention of female genital mutilation / cutting (May 20-21 2019)


: 20/05/2019


: 09:00


: Institute for the equality of women and men


: Ernest Blerotstreet 1, 1070 Brussels, Belgium Accessibility


: +32 2 233 48 71


: Simultaneous translation will be available in English and French.


International expert meeting FGMC


Description Show

The Universities of Geneva, Brussels and Montreal (Le G3 de la Francophonie) organize the 3d international experts’ meeting on female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C) in collaboration with IEWM (the Institute for equality of women and men, Belgium), GAMS-Belgium (Groupement pour l’abolition des mutilations sexuelles), and ICRH (International Center for Reproductive Health, Belgium).

- Share experience, data, research and practices in healthcare and prevention of FGM/C and in training healthcare professionals.
- Improve collaboration among experts and researchers for future studies and international registries.
- Discuss hot topics on FGM/C for which evidence and consensus are lacking.

- Social and economic aspects and determinants
- Organization of prevention and care in receiving countries including training.
- Children and adolescents.
- Clinical demands and outcomes in adult women: obstetrical, gynaecological, urologic, psychiatric, sexual etc.
- Conceptual and ethical controversies.
- Alternative and new forms of FGM/C.

Registration is 100€ for participants from high income (40 € for students) and is free of charge for participants from low income countries. Registration is open until May 15, 2019. We can welcome 140 participants maximum.

Registration will be considered firm after reception of your payment to (where appropriate):
Account Holder : ASBL GAMS Belgique
IBAN : BE37 0012 8683 3928
Communication : Name + Registration G3 Meeting May 2019

Program Show

(1) 00:00

DAY 1 ----

(1) 08:00

Registration & Coffee

(1) 08:30

Opening remarks

Liesbet Stevens, Institute for Equality for Women and men, Yvon Englert, Rector of the Université libre de Bruxelles, Guy Breton, Rector of the University of Montreal (video), Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva (video)

(1) 09:00

Keynote lecture 1: The WHO material and implementation

Christina Pallitto, WHO Geneva

(1) 09:20 - 11:20

Session 1: Social determinants

Objectives: Understand that the practice of FGM/C is embedded in the cultural and social network of a society. / Use the social experience of women to offer better interventions in the FGM/C care. / Identify the turning points in women’s life for abandoning the practice

(1) 09:25

Trends and shifts in the practice of FGMC: facilitators/barriers to abandonment in Kenya

Samuel Thuo Kimani, Kenya

(1) 09:50

Evidence that Female Genital Cutting is a Social Coordination Norm: Predictions and Empirical Results

Bettina Shell-Duncan, USA

(1) 10:05

The social consequences of FGM/C: a qualitative data synthesis

Sarah O’Neill, Belgium

(1) 10:20

Female genital cutting and global nomadism - perceptions and practices among Somali and Sudanse migrants in Norway

Ragnhild Elise B. Johansen, Norway

(1) 10:35

Tracing Change in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C): Shifting Norms and Practices among Communities in Narok and Kisii Counties

Dennis Matanda, Kenya

(1) 10:50

Coffee break

(1) 11:05

Identifying turning points in the process of changing attitudes towards the practice of Female Genital Mutilation among migrant women in Belgium

Afi Agboli, Togo, Belgium

(1) 11:20

The continuing and emerging determinants for the prevalence of female genital mutilation in Kajiado County, Kenya

Evelyne Komba, Kenya

(1) 11:35

Attitudes, beliefs and perceptions of Somali men towards FGM

Abdinasir Abdullahi, UK

(1) 11:45 - 13:00

Session 2 : How receiving countries tackle the issues related to prevention and care of FGMC in migrants from practicing communities

Objectives: Understand that there are unaccountable variations in policies in different countries, ranging from mandatory registration to aiming at decreased stigma.

(1) 11:50

The need for epistemiological humility

Anna Wahlber, Sweden

(1) 12:15

FGC-related Health Burden and Experiences of Trust and Disrespect among Somali women in the US

Nicole Warren, USA

(1) 12:30

Meaning Well While Doing Harm: Societal measures to check for FGM in Sweden

Sara Johnsdotter, Sweden

(1) 12:45

The effects and experience of the FGM Mandatory Reporting Duty and the Risk Indication System in the UK

Amy Abdelashid, UK

(1) 13:00

Poster session 1

(1) 13:00

Lunch break

(1) 14:00

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting as the basis for an asylum claim in the US: An Analysis of recent cases

Mishori Ranit, USA

(1) 14:15

“Women Lie”: A hostile environment for FGM in an Immigration Context

Charlotte Proudman, UK

(1) 14:30

Factfulness: the stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts

Mosselmans Luce, Sweden

(1) 14:40 - 15:40

Session 3: Care and prevention

Objectives: Improve knowledge regarding the clinical presentations of FGM/C in the children and adolescent population / Discuss the periodic examination of girls’ external genitals as part of preventing strategies of FGM/C / Providing appropriate information to professionals and pupils in schools and youth movements

(1) 14:45

A UK perspective on child and adolescent care and prevention: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) surveillance in children and young people (<16 years) in the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland

Deborah Hodes, UK

(1) 15:10

Evidence to prevent female genital mutilation in High Income Countries: a systematic review and content analysis

Angela Dawson, Australia

(1) 15:25

What do we need to know about Health Care Provider Knowledge Attitudes and Practices toward Caring for Women and Girls Affected by Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting?

Marea Christina, USA

(1) 15:40

Tea & Coffee break

(1) 15:55

Atlas for children with FGM/C

Naemie Guedj, Geneva

(1) 16:10

L’accès aux soins et services en matière de MGF/Excision dans les pays d’accueil : perspective des femmes concernées au Québec

Fatoumata Baldé, Canada

(1) 16:25

Piloting female genital mutilation surveillance in Sudan: achievements and lessons

Alamer Sojoud, Sudan

(1) 16:40

Prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting in various datasets in Finland

Klemetti Reija, Finland

(1) 17:00

Workshop 1: Atlas of FGMC in children

Moderators | J. Abdulcadir, E. Dubuc and D. Hodes

(1) 17:00

Workshop 2: Decreasing stigma

Moderators | Sarah O’Neill and Sophie Alexander

(1) 17:00

Workshop 3: FGM Prevalence studies direct observation versus self-reporting / direct and indirect in migration countries

Moderators | Jacinta Muteshi and Els Leye

(1) 19:00

Cocktail courtesy of the END-FGM network

(1) 20:30

End of day 1

(2) 00:00

DAY 2 ----

(2) 08:00

Registration & Coffee

(2) 08:30

Estimating the Number of Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation in the EU: a focus on Belgium

Jurgita Peciuriené, EIGE

(2) 08:30

Keynote lecture 2: Position statements, EIGE, END FGM network

(2) 08:45

Research priorities around FGM in Europe – results of a survey among experts

Chiara Cosentino, END FGM European Network, Policy & Advocacy officer

(2) 08:55 - 11:15

Session 4 : Clinical demands and outcomes in adult women with FGMC: obstetrical, gynaecological, urologic, psychiatric, sexual and more in source and receiving countries

Objectives: Present results in different contexts, report on motivation, for surgery, improve knowledge regarding the local regulations about deinfibulation, clitoral reconstraction, reinfibulation

(2) 09:00

Obstetrical outcomes in Upsala and Somalia

Birgitta Essen

(2) 09:20

Clitoral reconstruction in Burkina Faso: La formation des médecins à la technique chirurgicale de re-exposition du clitoris après MGF: expérience du Burkina Faso

Charlemagne Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso

(2) 09:40

“I have changed my mind, I don’t want the operation anymore”: therapeutic pathways of women who request reconstructive surgeries after FGM/C in Belgium

Sarah O’Neill, Belgium

(2) 09:55

Measurement of the Sexual Health and Wellbeing of Women who have Undergone Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Scoping Review

Tammary Esho, Kenya

(2) 10:10

Présentation de 5 outils pédagogiques facilement accessibles et compréhensibles, développés à CeMAViE, dans le cadre de la prise en charge sexologique des Femmes ayant subi les MGF

Cendrine Vanderhoeven, Belgium

(2) 10:25

A Meta-Analysis of the Sexual Effects of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Using the Female Sexual Function Index

Gretchen Heinrichs, USA

(2) 10:40

Female Genital Cutting and the Lived Experiences of Somali-Canadian Women

Jacobson Danielle, Canada

(2) 10:55

Coffee break

(2) 11:10

Demographics of Philadelphian Women with FGM/C and Health Care Usage

Beausang Jasjit, USA

(2) 11:25

The Maternity experiences and needs of women with female genital mutilation in Australia

Turkmani Sabera, Australia

(2) 11:55

Stakeholders roles and views of care of women with FGM experiencing the postpartum period.

Rebecca Seymour, UK

(2) 12:05

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the reproductive health consequences of female genital mutilation: a comparison between countries in a global context.

Fatoumata Sylla, France

(2) 12:20

Assessing the health system’s response to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Nigeria

Othibbo Obianwu, Nigeria

(2) 12:35

Norwegian Somali and Sudanese perceptions on healthcare needs related to Female Genital Cutting: preliminary findings.

Ziyada Mai Mahgoud, Norway

(2) 12:50

Opinion Leaders and Social Network Mapping Among obstetricians to influence opinions on FGM abandonment and social norm change

Abdalla Nasir, Sudan

(2) 13:05

Poster session 2

(2) 13:05

Lunch break

(2) 13:55 - 16:00

Session 5: Including conceptual and ethical controversies around FGM, Alternative forms/ FGMC type 4/ Medicalisation

Objectives: Serve as a platform for colleagues wishing to present conceptual theoretical issues such as: is FGM a feminist issue or not, is FGMC to be included in the violence topic, male circumcision, intersex and more?

(2) 14:00

Genital Autonomy: Why a U.S. law banning 'FGM' was ruled unconstitutional--and what can be done to protect children going forward

Brian Earp, USA

(2) 14:20

Type 4 in Senegal: Regard croisé sur l’enlèvement des « sothieuntes » : perceptions des professionnels de la santé, des femmes victimes, des hommes et des pratiqueuses (coupeuses)

Fatou Kebe, Sénégal

(2) 14:40

Normative vision of the women's external genitalia is an obstacle for prevention

Elise Dubuc, Canada

(2) 14:55

Responses to the constitutional arguments about the need to protect and promote FGM as a community's right to cultural expression for consenting adults: the Kenyan example

Joachim Osur, Kenya

(2) 15:10

A situational Analysis of Female Genital Mutilation in Sri Lanka

Angela Dawson, Australia

(2) 15:25

Tea & Coffee break

(2) 15:40

La non-pratique des mutilations génitales féminines à Conakry: Études de cas sur les expériences et perspectives de familles dans le contexte de forte prévalence de la Guinée

Marie-Hélène Doucet, Canada

(2) 15:55

Factors that influence the decision-making processes of healthcare providers in performing FGM on girls and women (medicalization of FGM)

Mamadou Baldé, Guinea Conakry

(2) 16:10

Does medicalization counteracts abandonment of FGC? The association between medicalization and prevalence trends of FGC in Egypt

Nina Van Eekert, Belgium

(2) 16:25

Medicalization of FGM in Sudan: Negotiating between medical ethics, power and socio-cultural obligations by community midwives in Sudan

Paul Bukuluki, Sudan

(2) 17:00

Workshop 4: What GAMS-Belgium does

Moderators | Stéphanie Florquin and Fabienne Richard

(2) 17:00

Workshop 2: Ritualisation

Moderator | Anna Wahlberg

(2) 17:00

Workshop 3: Third generation

Moderator | Armelle Andro

(2) 18:00

Closing remarks & plans for the future

G3 and Belgian organizing committees

(2) 18:15

End of day 2


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