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The Global Challenge of Ending FGM

Chatham House, London

Participants

Amna Al Nowais, Film Maker, Omnia
Leyla Hussein, Global Ambassador, The Girl Generation
Dr Ann-Marie Wilson, Founder and Executive Director, 28 Too Many
Chair: Tulip Mazumdar, Global Health Correspondent, BBC

Overview

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is categorized as any procedure that involves altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is estimated that, globally, at least 200 million girls and women have undergone some form of FGM and it is still regularly practised around the world. This is despite the practice being internationally recognised as a violation of human rights, with a commitment to end the practice by 2030 being included in the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This event will begin with a screening of Omnia: a short documentary of a young woman’s experience of undergoing FGM. The panellists will then discuss the film before focusing on the cultural and health reasons for ending FGM. They will draw from personal and academic experience to analyse the complexities of encouraging real and lasting communal action to end the process, both in the UK and internationally.