Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in clinical practice

It contains interviews with patients and specialist clinicians on the topics of:
* de-infibulation procedures and postnatal healing
* cultural considerations and communication strategies
* patient experiences and expectations
The resource is available to purchase for $55 (GST included); click here to visit the Family Planning Queensland website and download an order form.

The FGM Project

The Multicultural Women’s Health Education project on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) focuses on th prevention of FGM. Of equal importance, the group works to provide affected women increased access to information and services to improve their sexual and reproductive health. The FGM project aims to mobilise affected communities, health professionals, religious leaders, traditional leaders, women and men, through education and information, to change their mindset and involve them in preventing FGM.

Key Facts about FGM – from the World Health Organisation

 

  • – Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
    – An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
    – In Africa, about three million girls are at risk for FGM annually.
    – The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
    – Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
    – It is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15 years.
    – FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

 

To read more about FGM visit the World Health Organisation Website.

 

Publications

Female Genital Mutilation – information for Australian Health Professionals – from RANZCOG
Eliminating female genital mutilation: an interagency statement
– from OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNECA, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO
Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcome: WHO collaborative prospective study in six African countries– WHO

Books

From Spinifex Press: The Day Kadi Lost Part of Her Life; Text by Isabel Ramos Rioja, Photos by Kim Manresa. Shortlisted, Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing, 1999; Silver Medal for Photojournalism.

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