6 February 2019 N/A
The moving story of Waris Dirie was depicted in “Desert Flower” and female genital mutilation (FGM) gained worldwide attention. This phenomenon and the suffering of young women is not a fictional scenario used in cinematic productions, in reality, millions of women are experiencing it across the globe; even within the borders of Europe!
But what does female genital mutilation exactly mean? How does it affect women’s reproductive system, their sex drive, and their general health? What are its short and long term consequences? Does it really occur in Europe? What general laws are there to protect against it? And most importantly: Is there a solution?
Join us on the 6th of February, the day of ZERO TOLERANCE of female genital mutilation, where our speakers: Dr. Marjan van den Berg and Dr. Annemarie Middelburg, will share their extensive and valuable experiences with us on this topic, from medical and socio-political perspectives.
Dr. Marjan van den Berg is a gynecologist who currently works at the UMCG and is part of Centrum Seksueel Geweld (Sexual Violence/Assault Center) in the Netherlands. She has had a lot of experiences with FGM patients while working in Rotterdam. In her talk, Dr. van den Berg will discuss FGM from the medical perspective, including short and long term effects on women’s health and the protocol followed by doctors in the Netherlands when dealing with FGM patients.
Our second speaker, Dr. Annemarie Middelburg, is a consultant who is an expert in FGM and is highly passionate about women’s rights. She founded her own company in 2015 where she has done her own research and worked on assignments for The United Nations, The European Union, and other civil society organizations. Dr. Middelburg has also done research on this issue in many countries including Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ghana and more. In her talk, she will focus on FGM from the perspective of the law, including the effectiveness of the national and international laws concerning FGM, challenges faced by legislators protecting FGM victims and her own experience working with those victims.
After their talks, a Q&A will follow where you will get to ask all your questions and unravel your uncertainties!
The event is free and open to all, we hope to see you on February 6th! The location and precise time of event will be posted soon!