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Greater Manchester Conference on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The Greater Manchester Conference on Female Genital Mutilation was held on Wednesday 12 November in the Business School at MMU. The event was organised by Dr Kate Cook from Manchester Law School in partnership with the Greater Manchester Forum on FGM.

Sponsorship came from:

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd

Around 250 people attended from a wide range of backgrounds. There was significant interest from: legal and criminal justice practitioners; health practitioners and from education. MMU colleagues and student were also involved with a group of students from the Manchester Law School volunteering to help with registration and ushering on the day.

Opening the conference, Dr Kate Cook dedicated the event to the memory of Efua Dorkenoo OBE the leading British campaigner on this issue, who died in October 2014.

The speakers and workshops were all warmly received and it is hoped that the legacy of this event will be that we can move towards an FGM-free Greater Manchester. Speakers from Midwifery were able to inform the conference about the latest information we have on prevalence in the UK population.

As yet the data is incomplete, but we do know that Greater Manchester is a UK hotspot for this abhorrent practice. Whilst difficulties in persuring prosecutions are widely acknowledged, it is vital that awareness is raised so that young girls can be spared this torture.
Dr Kate Cook

Press coverage of the event was featured in the Manchester Evening News


Welcome from Dr Kate Cook introducing Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

Keynote speakers:

  • Det. Superintendent Vanessa Jardine, Greater Manchester Police
  • Alison Byrne, Specialist Midwife for FGM Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • Claire Banks, Headteacher at St Werburgh primary school, Bristol
  • Jaria Hussain-Lala, Chair, Greater Manchester FGM Forum

Keynotes were followed by workshops from:

  • Legal Issues, led by Greater Manchester Police and CPS
  • Youth Empowerment, led by Nestec and Forward
  • Health Impact, led by Midwifery specialists
  • Community Engagement, led by Bolton Solidarity Community Organisation
  • Developing A School Resource, led by a Primary school headteacher

The event ended with further keynotes by:

  • Muna Hassan, Integrate Bristol
  • Faye McCoy, Specialist Midwife, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester
  • Peggy Mulongo, NESTAC Gtr. Manchester

Conference closed by Rod Humphreys, Dean of MMU Business School

  • White Ribbon Campaign UK
  • BSCA

‘I just wanted to say a very big well done to you for yesterday. It was a fantastic event, so well attended!’
Susannah Boubaker

‘The FGM event was a much needed awareness raising event with a wide range of speakers that were experts in their field. I attended the workshop hosted by GMP and this was a fascinating insight into the complexities of dealing with real life cases. The packed auditorium was a testimony to the level of interest in dealing with FGM from all agencies across Manchester.’


A packed lecture theatreA packed lecture theatre

Dr Kate
	Cook opens the eventDr Kate Cook opens the event

Tony LloydTony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

DCS Vanessa JardineDCS Vanessa Jardine

A packed lecture theatreA packed lecture theatre


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