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2 West Tollcross

Edinburgh

EH3 9BP

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Please join our voices on the 29th and 30th of November to raise awareness of the practice of FGM. FGM is a traditional practice which is against the law in the UK and together with community representatives, activists and professionals, we are getting together to start a dialogue on how to support women living with FGM as well as how to provide the best possible support for women and children.

This two-day event is a large scale conference aimed at creating further diversified dialogue on the topic of FGM. This will include addressing the obstacles faced by those affected by FGM, problem-solving, raising awareness of the complexity of the issue, celebrating positive action taken by Scotland-based organisations to eradicate and prevent FGM, changes incorporated in countries around Africa to eradicate the practice, as well as highlighting individual stories of FGM survivors.

This event is organised in partnership between:

The Edinburgh Child Protection Committee

The Edinburgh Violence Against Women Partnership

Bright Choices (incorporating Sacro, ELREC and the Multicultural Family Base)

Edinburgh Napier University

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

The University of St. Andrews

The NHS

The City of Edinburgh Council

Police Scotland

KWISA- African Women in Scotland

Waverley Care

Amina-The Muslim Women's Resource Centre

The UK Border Force

Queen Margaret University

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The programme for the two days will be as follows:

November 29:

- Input from survivors of FGM-the real impact of FGM.

- Input from protective services: Social Work, Police Scotland, UKBF and Health services

- Workshop by KWISA (African Women in Scotland) and Waverley Care: connecting Scotland to home countries-changes in culture

- Questions for the panel and discussion: How can communities and professionals work together to protect women and girls?

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November 30:

Morning session 10-12pm:

3 workshops will be available:

a. Police and UKBF on what support these agencies can provide, how it can be accessed, concerns around reporting concerns of FGM and time for Q&A

b. Free workshop for women: Compassion and self care in conflict

c. Workshop for men: how does FGM affect men? What can men do to support women and protect girls?

LUNCH BREAK (lunch provided)

Afternoon session: 13:00-15:00

3 workshops will be available:

a. Police and UKBF on what support these agencies can provide, how it can be accessed, concerns around reporting concerns of FGM and time for Q&A

b. The impact of FGM on health and support provided to survivors-the need for ongoing support and care

c. Introduction to community support: organisations and types of support available, confidentiality and its limits

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We are the Edinburgh chapter of the United Nation's annual 16 days of action against gender-based violence (November 25 - December 10). But more than that, this is where women from around the world share their experiences, opinions, talent, and knowledge.

Importantly, not only women's voices will be featured. Also spotlighted are the voices of men and organisations that ally with women in the fight against gender inequality and gender-based violence.

To learn more about and engage with these women and allies, please explore our website at http://16days.org.uk/

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Edinburgh

EH3 9BP

United Kingdom

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