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Seminar: International Day Zero Tolerance to FGM – 4th February

A free seminar will be held in Dublin to mark, for the first time in Ireland, International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation and to provide a forum for discussion on work in Ireland and overseas to combat FGM.

The Seminar is being organised by Ireland’s National Plan of Action to Address Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Steering Committee, which Cairde is a part of. 


  • 10am Registration, tea and coffee
  • 10.15 Welcome and opening address – Her Excellency Mrs Mannete Ramaili, Ambassador of Lesotho 
  • 10.30 “FGM in Ireland: work to date” Sioban O’Brien Green, Co-ordinator Migrant Women’s Health Project, AkiDwA
  • 10.45 “Ireland and International Obligations” Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director, Amnesty Ireland 
  • 11am “FGM/C Abandonment Approaches – what can work and what doesn’t”
  • Eileen Morrow, Programmes Coordinator East Africa, World Vision Ireland
  • 11.30 “Community Responses to FGM in Ireland” Ifrah Ahmed & Ahmed Gadaf – Somali Community in Ireland 
  • 12pm “FGM – an Islamic Response” Asiya Altawash, Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland 
  • 12.15 “FGM Legislation” Senator Ivana Bacik, Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin 
  • 12.30 “Ending Female Genital Mutilation: A Strategy for the European Union Institutions” Salome Mbugua, National Director, AkiDwA 
  • 12.45 Panel Discussion with speakers
  • 1.20 Summary and close of seminar – Her Excellency Mrs Mannete Ramaili, Ambassador of Lesotho 
  • 1.30 Close
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