Responding to Female Genital Mutilation as a women’s health issue (forum)

SHine SA, January 2017

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO). It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision. There are 83,000 women and girls who have been affected by FGM in Australia. FGM has no health benefits but causes lifelong health consequences for women and girls.

Our ReFRESH forum will consist of a presentation on the topic and a personal experience of FGM. The aim is to provide participants with a better understanding of FGM. We will explore where, when, how and why FGM is practised, and how to care for survivors.

When: 9 February 2017

Where: SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Time: 1.30 – 4.30 pm

Cost: $50 (Student Concession $45)

Light refreshments provided

FURTHER INFORMATION & ONLINE ENROLMENT here

Enquiries: Phone 8300 5320 / Email shinesacourses@shinesa.org.au

Download flyer here: FGM Forum

Mystery of the female orgasm may be solved

Guardian, Monday 1 August 2016

The purpose of the euphoric sensation of the female orgasm has long perplexed scientists, as it is not necessary for conception, and is often not experienced by women during sex itself. Now researchers in the US say they might have found its evolutionary roots. Human female orgasm, they say, might be a spin-off from our evolutionary past, when the hormonal surges that accompany it were crucial for reproduction.

  • Read more here
  • Access journal paper The Evolutionary Origin of Female Orgasm here

 

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

NHS Choices examines claim that Vaginal orgasm ‘doesn’t exist’

NHS Choices, Wednesday October 8 2014

“There is no such thing as a vaginal orgasm,” says the Mail Online, in a story that suggests some women have been diagnosed with sexual disorders based on the “myth” that they can orgasm through vaginal intercourse alone.