My Body, My Rights – Female Genital Mutilation

Sarian Karim Kamara at Fuuse Forum, Published on 24 Jan 2016

For many years, the problem of FGM has been treated as almost too delicate to address: while laws may be changed, prosecutions rarely follow. More importantly, the necessary safeguarding and prevention measures in schools and in systems of healthcare are underdeveloped. This complacency has been partly justified by a wish to avoid upsetting the sensitivities of minority communities. However, a new generation of activists are leading the battle from inside their own communities, bringing a new urgency and passion to combatting this form of violence against women.

The activists taking part in this Fuuse Forum represent this courageous new wave of anti-FGM activism, developed by women within the affected communities, standing up for their rights over their own bodies against the weight of tradition and identity.

Sarian Karim Kamara is a Community Development worker, Community facilitator, an activist and anti FGM campaigner. She is also a survivor of FGM.

Here she speaks about her FGM story, at the FUUSE forum on “My Body, My Rights – Female Genital Mutilation”.

(Watch embedded video below in this post)

ReFRESH forum at SHine: RESPONDING TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Female Genital Mutilation comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for nonmedical
reasons (WHO). It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision.
The forum will consist of a presentation on the topic, a personal experience of FGM and a panel discussion. The aim is to provide participants with a better understanding of FGM. We will explore where, when, how and why FGM is practised, and ways of responding to those at risk and survivors in South Australia.

Panel members include:
> Jan Williams (Clinical Services Coordinator, Migrant Health Service)
> Gillian Kariuki (Social Worker, Women’s & Children’s Health Network)
> Ifrah Warsame (Multicultural Youth Drive)
> Kim Voss (Social Worker, Women’s & Children’s Health Network)
When 19 February 2016 (Friday)
Where SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville
Time 1.30 – 4.30 pm
Cost $50 (Student Concession $25)
Light refreshments provided.

Closing date for enrolment: Wednesday 17 February
Enquiries Phone 8300 5317 / Email shinesacourses@shinesa.org.au

Download flyer (PDF) here: ReFRESH-FGM

Enrol here

e-learning package on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for health profesionals

Women and Newborn Health Service, North Metropolitan Area Health Service, WA Health Dept, revised 2013

This e-learning package was developed to assist health professionals to update their knowledge of female genital mutilation.

It is recommended that all health professionals working with families and babies complete this package.

Reading of all included links and activities, the package will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Successful completion of the included quiz will direct you to an evaluation survey and certificate.

This package may be viewed on a mobile device (iPad, smartphone, tablet). iPad users will be prompted to download the free ‘Articulate Mobile Player’ from iTunes. Instructions for accessing the certificate for iPad users are available within the package.

Access the e-learning package here 

 

Australian FGM Hotline launched

No FGM Australia, September 16th, 2015

CALL 1800 522 707 IF YOU ARE IN DANGER OF FGM OR IF YOU KNOW OF A GIRL IN DANGER OF FGM

A new FGM Hotline was launched today to help girls who may be in danger of female genital mutilation (FGM).

FGM, also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision, is a centuries old traditional practice which involves the coercive removal of little girls’ genitalia. It is considered a violation of human rights and a form of violence against girls. It has no benefits, only harm. FGM is practiced in 29 countries in Africa, in several Middle Eastern countries and Asian countries including Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Singapore. Many people have moved to Australia from countries that are affected by FGM.

The practice of FGM continues after arrival in Australia. Anecdotal evidence of girls being taken from Australia to FGM affected countries is rife, and there are practitioners working illegally in backyard operations in our own cities. Currently there is a case in NSW of two girls who were ‘circumcised” in Sydney lounge rooms. No FGM Australia estimate that there are 5,640 girls in Australia who are in high risk of FGM. There are also 1,100 girls born every year who may also be in high danger of being subjected to FGM. That is 3 girls a day born in Australia who are at risk of significant harm.

Sometimes people know about plans for a girl to be mutilated (“circumcised”), but they don’t know who to call or what to do, so girls remain vulnerable. Girls themselves may know they may be facing FGM but do not know what to do, or who to turn to. Girls and members of the community now have a dedicated FGM Hotline to call if they fear that they themselves or a girl they know are going to be either subjected to FGM in Australia, or taken overseas for FGM. The FGM hotline will be staffed by trained executives from the not-for-profit organisation No FGM Australia.

  • Read more here
  • CALL 1800 522 707 IF YOU ARE IN DANGER OF FGM OR IF YOU KNOW OF A GIRL IN DANGER OF FGM