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This webinar is part of the Patriarchal Inscriptions: Female bodies contested, invaded defended & owned webinar series.

How do NGOs, working in various environments to end FGM, differ or resemble other voluntary associations dedicated to ending comparable forms of abuse? (For clarity, the US Domestic Violence Movement convention included, at least once, a panel on FGM.) Which have been notable successes of NGO involvement and what explains their relative impact if compared to NGOs considered by critics both ideologically dubious and, when it comes to FGM survivors’ needs, ineffectual? The question to be explored: why have we continued calls for more effective intervention to prevent FGM and penalise perpetrators when, in some critics’ eyes, the past decade has witnessed considerable political will and financial support for an abolition ‘industry’? Has the criticism concerning ‘dubious’ ideology of certain NGOs been dealt with successfully? Which innovative organisational forms have sprung up in response to local contexts and demands for collaborative support and action?


Panel: The HER Initiative: Innovative Approaches to FGM/C Research, Community Engagement & Care in Maine

Michelle Mitchell, Executive Director, Partnerships For Health

Sarah Lewis, Project Director, HER Initiative

Simane Ibrahim, Program Assistant at Maine Access Immigrant Network & member of the HER Initiative

Alireza Geshnizjani, tenured Associated Professor of Community Health at the University of Maine (Farmington)

Asha Ali, Community Health Worker, Maine Access Immigrant Network

De-Socialising to re-socialise: Negotiating Zero Tolerance to end cultural shackles of patriarchal inscription on African Women

Adabisi Adebayo, PhD & Chief, Liaison Office of the Inter-African Committee, Geneva, Switzerland

Evaluation of a Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Workshop in Liberia Kim Nordmann, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Guillermo Z. Martínez-Pérez, African Women's Research Observatory, Spain

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

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