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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:
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
Keynotes were followed by workshops from:
The event ended with further keynotes by:
Conference closed by Rod Humphreys, Dean of MMU Business School
‘I just wanted to say a very big well done to you for yesterday. It was a fantastic event, so well attended!’
‘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 theatre
Dr Kate Cook opens the event
Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner
DCS Vanessa Jardine
A packed lecture theatre