OCEAN Somali community is hosting a halfday conference on FGM, during the Somali Week Festival, Friday 28 October, 2pm -5pm at Oxford House. The conference intends to address anxieties and miscommunications between community members and direct service providers and forms part of the pilot funded by the Department for Education's Innovation Programme. This pilot was set up to address a lack of confidence and knowledge from professionals in managing FGM, as well as addressing some of the community's anxieties about current policies. The aim of the conference is to improve relationships between the local and professional communities.
Speakers are listed below with Leyla Hussein as chair-
Fatuma Farah is a trained, qualified and UKCP registered psychotherapist who has worked for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. In Somalia, she worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and was attached to Puntland’s Mental Health Department. While Fatuma was working for Kids Company she was the children’s charity FGM consultant. She is now doing her PhD at the University of East London and her post-graduate research is on FGM.Fatuma works part-time for the FGM charity Forward as the support lead.
Janet Fyle is a Registered Practising Midwife, a Registered Nurse and the Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and was awarded an MBE in June 2015 by HM Queen Elizabeth for her work on ending FGM.
Sulieman Mohamed Hashi is a community mediator. He works throughout East London. He is a member of Men Speak Out- a project by FORWARD UK which was created to involve men in fighting against FGM.
Dr. Verona Ni Drisceoil is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex. Her primary areas of research interest include the role of law in matters of culture and identity. She has a particular interest in culture and gender, language rights and identity rights post-conflict. More recently she has been researching on FGM and the law, focusing specifically on recent legislative reforms to the law on FGM in the UK as underscored by the Serious Crimes Act 2015. In her work, Verona always seeks to challenge disconnect in the law. She questions whether the recent reforms to the law on FGM are in fact in the best interests of those they seek to protect.
Leyla Hussein is a Psychotherapist, an international lecturer on FGM and gender rights, and a writer who currently holds her own page with the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan magazine and The Guardian. She is the founder of Dahlia Project, a specialist psychotherapist/counselling service for survivors of Female Genital Mutilation and a multi-award winning campaigner on FGM. She co-founded Daughters of Eve who are working to protect girls and young women at risk from FGM. Leyla advises the UK-wide Tackling FGM Initiative, Desert flower foundation and sits on Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary advisory group on Honour Base Violence.
Halima Mostofa is a qualified social worker with 6 years' experience of frontline child protection work mainly in the London Borough Of Tower Hamlets. She part of the DfE pilot project and the Specialist Social Worker based Royal London Hospital. She works closely with Health, Education, voluntary organisations and the community to raise awareness, to promote better understanding within agencies of the impact of FGM and to guide good practice. As a social worker, she works with children and families to undertake assessment and to provide early intervention and prevention of FGM. Halima jointly works with health to support victim of FGM in clinic that takes place on a month