71. Protect our Girls
Persistent pain and the fight to end female genital mutilation.
Over 100,000 women in the UK have been affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) with devastating long-term consequences including persistent pain. Janet Graves hears from FGM survivors and the healthcare professionals treating them about this culturally-embedded practice and how to uproot it. Hanna Gilbremedhen and Valentine Nkoyo speak about the impact being cut as children has had on their psychological and physical health as well as their relationships. Nkoyo also explains how her Mojato Foundation is working to mobilise opposition to FGM from within the communities affected. Gilbremedhen’s experience of undiagnosed chronic pain after FGM highlights the lack of knowledge among healthcare professionals. Clinics with experience in seeing women with FGM are vital, says Specialist Midwife Juliet Albert, if they are to get the care they need. Midwife, ‘fighter’ against FGM and founder of the Hope Clinic Asia Eden shares her story and stresses the importance of education in ensuring the safety of the next generation. For a comprehensive list of FGM clinics and resources visit forwarduk.org.uk For more information on the Mojato Foundation visit valentinenkoyo.com The Hope Clinic: fgmhopeclinic.co.uk Contributors: * Juliet Albert, Specialist FGM Midwife, Queen Charlotte Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Project Lead at the Acton African Well Woman Clinic * Valentine Nkoyo, Mojatu Foundation, Nottingham * Hana Gibremedhen, Mojatu Foundation, Nottingham * Aisa Eden, Specialist Midwife
First broadcast 26.05.15
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