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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Awareness Workshop

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Geoffrey Manton Building, Lecture Theatre 2 Rosamond Street West Manchester M15 6EB (map)

The FGM workshop will bring together experts from various sectors who will share current work that has been underaken both nationally and internationally.


Female Genital Mutilation is a global issue affecting over 200 million women and girls worldwide, yet the UK’s understanding of this is often only associated with the African continent. The Greater Manchester region, is one of the few high risk areas for FGM in the UK, due to its diverse ethnic communities.

The Greater Manchester FGM Forum in partnership with the ESRC(Economic Social Research Council) and the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre are hosting a free workshop on FGM, from a ‘South Asian Perspective‘. The workshop will also focus on the legal challenges and share good practice models of addressing FGM including working with child survivors.


  • Hilary Burrage – Adjunct Professor, Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago. Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation #EndFGM Awardee 2016.

  • Masooma Ranalvi – Founder of WeSpeakOut.

  • The Home Office’s FGM Unit.

  • Cheryl Hramiak – Head of Crown Court Prosecutions in Greater Manchester and Lead on FGM for the North West. FGM CPS National Co-ordinator.

  • Steph Parker – FGM Lead, Greater Manchester Police.

  • Peggy Mulongo – Guardian Project Greater Manchester.

  • Dr Kate Cook – Head, Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre.

  • Jaria Hussain-Lala – Chair, Greater Manchester FGM Forum.


12.30–13.00 – Arrival & Registration.

13.00–13.05 – Welcome with Jaria Hussain-Lala (Greater Manchester FGM Forum & Manchester Metropolitan University).
13.05–13.15 – Survivors’ Voices.
13.15–13.30 – FGM Unit: A national response.
13.30–13.50 – Addressing FGM: The E’s Model: Hilary Burrage (P.E.A.C.E. Foundation #EndFGM Awardee 2016).
13.50–14.05 – An Insight into the England & Wales FGM Legislation: Dr Kate Cook (Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre, Manchester Law School).
14.10–14.25 – FGM & Prosecution: Cheryl Hramiak (Head of Crown Court Prosecutions in Greater Manchester and Lead on FGM for the North Eest. FGM CPS National Co-ordinator).

14.25–14.40 – Break

14.40–14.55 – Policing FGM: DI Steph Parker (Greater Manchester Police).
14.55–15.25 – A South Asian perspective: The Indian story of resistance: Masooma Ranalvi (Founder of WeSpeakOut).
15.25–15.40 – A Children’s response model: Peggy Mulongo (Guardian Project Greater Manchester).
15.40–15.55 – Panel: Q & A.
15.55–16.00 – Close with Jaria Hussain-Lala.

16.00 – End.

Earlier Event: 28 October
Engie White Ribbon Day
Later Event: 7 November
Awareness Raising stand