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The third webinar on the theme of democracy, populism, the coronavirus pandemic & enduring patriarchal traditions, part of the Patriarchal Inscriptions: Female bodies contested, invaded defended & owned webinar series.

The persistence of practices of ‘female circumcision’ and their encoded cultural undergirding raise critical issues of systemic injustice in the body politics cross-culturally.

This event will explore the following topics:

  • What weaknesses have come to obstruct efforts to end female genital mutilation?
  • How have governments’ mis/management of the pandemic exacerbated existing fault-lines of gender precarity?
  • How has progress in challenging and abolishing FGM practices been vitiated by widely applied government policies and measures that embrace lockdowns of large parts of public government services, curfews, household quarantine and mandatory individual isolation?
  • How has opposition among members of minority communities in western societies – when it comes to governments’ FGM policies, deeply felt subtexts of prejudice and popular scapegoating – been appropriated and instrumentalized to serve populist exclusionary aims that demonize entire marginalized cultures?
  • What does the failure of enforcement of anti-FGM legislation uncover about political will, identity politics, the hierarchy of suffering and about inter-/national feminist ambivalences?


Panel: Why it is time for an FGM Commissioner? Practical Responses to Feminised Issues

Felicity Gerry QC, International Queen’s Council, Libertas Chambers, London & Crockett, Melbourne; Professor of Legal Practice, Deakin University. A decade of developing FGM law.

Dr Joseph Home, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Salford School of Health & Society, Medical Directors Leadership Fellow, Pennine Acute NHS Trust with expertise in medicolegal problems in clinical settings.

Dr Charlotte Proudman, Family & Immigration Barrister, Goldsmith Chambers, & Junior Research Fellow, Queens’ College, Cambridge, whose PhD examined feminised aspects of FGM.

A City in Turmoil, People at Risk, Somali Immigrants in Minneapolis, FGM, Covid-19 & Black Lives Matter: inclusion of all voices in designing education programs

Michal Moskow PhD, Professor, Hamline University, Minnesota, USA; & Gothenburg University & Högskolan Väst, Sweden. Board member, Somali Family Services, Minneapolis

Fadumo Iido Mohamud, Step Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota

Following presentations by the speakers, there will be a moderated Q&A.

Registered attendees will be sent the access link to participate in the webinar on their web browser or via the Microsoft Teams app the day prior.

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