Making FGM History in the UK, Manchester, 22 September 2014

What? Making FGM History in the UK

Where? Mechanics Institue Conference Centre, 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD

When? 22 September 2014, 9.15 for 9.30 – 11.30am

Cost? Free to attend

a free, open discussion to share experience and develop grounded, workable policy.

to develop a genuine, open conversation around what should inform policy influencers in the Labour Party concerning best practice in eradicating female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful traditional practices, particularly in the UK; and to mainstream that activity as an integral part of Labour / national policy to prevent child (and vulnerable adult women) abuse.

The event is free to attend.

Everyone with an interest in eradicating FGM is welcome, whether or not they are members of the Labour Party, or also attending the Labour Party Conference.

Pre-registration is preferred (for coffee/tea numbers etc; please see Contact details below), but  just turning up on the day is also OK.

Date / time:
Monday 22 September 2014, 9.15 for 9.30 – 11.30am

Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD, just outside the Conference cordon.
MAP (location and travel)
Our venue is very kindly sponsored and hosted by NW TUC.

Anyone who wants to come; all welcome, everyone will have an opportunity to share their experience and views (contact email below).

Opening remarks / key ‘listeners’:


  • Sir Keir Starmer QC, previously Director of Public Prosecutions – Keynote Speaker
  • Prof Hazel Barrett, Project lead, European programme REPLACE2
  • Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health
  • Hilary Burrage, Author, Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective
  • Dexter Dias QC, Human Rights attorney (attendance tbc, subject to caseload)
  • Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council
  • Cllr Ellie Robinson, Cabinet Member, Newham Council
  • Cllr Richard Watts, Leader, Islington Council
  • Linda Weil-Curiel, French attorney (tbc, subject to AirFrance ?strike)


  • Dr Phoebe Abe (GP who runs a free FGM clinic)
  • Fatou Baldeh (DARF)
  • Ruth Davies (FGM expert midwife)
  • Ramona Garland (feminist researcher)
  • Carolyn Pegg (legal researcher)
  • Ibraheem Taqieu Conteh (Diasporan Hands)
  • Cllr Josie Teubler (Manchester City Council)
  • Hibo Wardere (survivor and campaigner)
  • and others, community activists / experts, with an understanding of policy development.

Initial panel discussion (Chair: Hilary Burrage), then themed group discussions open to all, and final round-up of ideas.

All relevant organisations and activists are welcome to bring leaflets etc to share / display; please notify via email below.

Development of, and hopefully further conversations about, policy and strategy positions to make FGM history in the UK.


Contact and Pre-Registration:
Email: NoFGM.UKideas
(enquiries and indications of interest)


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