Bristol shares expertise on FGM at national conference
A national conference on female genital mutilation was held on Thursday 2 October at @Bristol. The event shared the successful Bristol Model with professionals working in the FGM field.
The conference was the first opportunity for FGM professionals from health, social care, police and community groups to meet and share their experiences and ideas.
It looked at ‘The Bristol Model’, a diverse approach recognised as the UK’s model of best practice. It was organised by local agencies working in FGM including Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group.
Marking a milestone year for FGM
The event marked an incredible year for FGM when became prominent on the national and international agenda.
2014 saw the well-publicised Girl Summit when Prime Minister David Cameron announced a package to protect girls in the UK and abroad from FGM and forced marriage.
Focus on pioneering work in Bristol
The conference was hosted by local agencies including Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset Police as well as Integrate Bristol, Daughters of Eve and Forward.
"There is a critical window of opportunity to unite actors at global, regional, national and local levels, to End FGM. I believe that we will End FGM for a Generation. We have broken the cycle in my family and others can as well."
- Nimco Ali, from Daughters of Eve and conference chair
Jackie Mathers, Designated Nurse for safeguarding children said: “It is an exciting time to be able to share our good practice in this city.
The key to the success of the Bristol Model has been empowering young women and girls to challenge the myths, understand the issue and to lead from within the community.
The most poignant visual expression of this was the brave local women who marched through their community with posters calling for an end to FGM back in the summer of 2010.
Our work supported the women to make this dramatic statement and provided a springboard for other innovative work in the community.”
Sharing experience and good practice
The conference was a fantastic opportunity for professionals to get together and share their experiences and good practice as well as finding out more about the Bristol Model.
We were delighted that young girls from the community took part in the conference and were able to network with professionals from all over the country.”
Bristol has been at the forefront of campaigning for a stop to FGM for more than five years.