Nairobi, April 2016!!
African Coordination Centre for the Abandonment of FGM/C
University of Nairobi, Kenya
January 27th & 28th 2015, Paris
Free entrance, registration required
University Paris-1 Pantheon Sorbonne & School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences
Amphitheâtre Louis Liard at 17 Sorbonne St.
27-28th January 2015
An ongoing topic of ethical, political, and legal controversy within African cultural practice, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has come to be recognized around the world as a form of gender based violence, a violation of bodily integrity and an aspect of children’s rights. European and African governments have put into action control and preventative interventions designed to address the legal, social, and political dimensions of the issue.
According to UN agencies, FGM/C impacts an estimated 125 million women and girls (UNICEF FGC/M Report, 2013 ), 5% of whom are believed to live in Europe. Resolutions by the European Council (1247/2001) and European Parliament reflect a political interest in the convergence and exchange of national public policies concerning public health, legislation and research agendas around FGM/C.
Although the harmful consequences of FGM/C on reproductive health and human rights have been the target of consistent and increasing concern and intervention among international institutions (Inter agency statement, 2008), national mobilization around the legal, social, and medical consequences of FGM/C in civil society has been different in each country.
The role of France in this context is particular. The flow of migrants from at-risk regions has existed for a long time in France, as have associative, feminist, and political mobilizations. France is also the first country to develop surgical procedures available for women who underwent FGM/C that are specifically designed to repair the corporal effects of excision. In as much as this new therapeutic tool introduces renewed cause for scientific and professional discussion about the global healthcare options available to women who underwent genital cutting and about the development of professional guidelines, it seems to us to be an appropriate time to organize a conference gathering social scientists and healthcare professionals.
The first international meeting on the management of women with genital mutilation/cutting, co-organized by the CRIDUP (Paris-1 University) and the CADIS (EHESS-CNRS, Paris), aims to assess the current state of research on FGM/C within the fields of medicine, health and sexuality.
French or English, simultaneous translation
Saïda Barkat Daoud