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FGM to be highlighted at Institute’s Spring Meeting

By Mindo - 16th Feb 2018

A talk by Dr Caitriona Henchion, Medical Director of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), and Dr Maeve Eogan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, had already been scheduled before the recent controversy following comments made by Dr Ali Selim (PhD), spokesperson for the Islamic Cultural Centre, Clonskeagh, to the <em><strong>Medical Independent (MI).</strong></em>

The IFPA runs a specialist clinic for women who have endured FGM, with a clinical pathway into the Rotunda where surgical care can be provided.

An RCPI spokesperson pointed out that the management of women with FGM is a core training module in obstetrics and gynaecology and that Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, has also been working with the Ifrah Foundation and the Global Media Campaign to End FGM.

Meanwhile, a Department of Health spokesperson informed <em><strong>MI</strong></em> this week (14 February) that it had not been in contact with Clonskeagh Mosque or with its Imam following Dr Selim’s comments to <em><strong>MI</strong></em> in support of “female circumcision” – also known as FGM – when mandated by a doctor. In <em><strong>MI</strong></em>, on social media and other commentary, medical professionals have unequivocally stated that there is no medical indication for FGM. Many members of the Muslim community – including doctors – have also strongly rejected an Islamic context to FGM, which is practised by communities of different faiths.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said: “Female genital mutilation is never, ever justifiable. It has no place in healthcare, is illegal, dangerous and can have a devastating impact. It is a violation of human rights.”

A Department spokesperson said the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2012 “takes a human rights perspective and stipulates that the right to practise one’s cultural traditions and beliefs cannot be used to justify FGM”. They added that the HSE is “committed” to progressing health-related elements of FGM with specific reference to awareness-raising among communities, staff information and support. The HSE provides funding to AkiDwA “to facilitate working with target communities and at-risk communities around raising awareness of the illegality of FGM and provide information and awareness activities about FGM and the risks of this practice”. It also funds the IFPA’S FGM clinic.

The Department of Justice did not provide comment on whether Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan or officials had been in touch with Clonskeagh Mosque.

0 responses to “FGM to be highlighted at Institute’s Spring Meeting”

  1. Edward von Roy says:

    Frage an Dr. Katarina Barley bezüglich Inneres und Justiz

    28.03.2018 – 17:38


    Sehr geehrte Frau Ministerin Dr. Barley,

    erstmals in der Geschichte der USA begann im April 2017 ein Strafprozess nach 18 USC 116 (female genital mutilation, FGM). In Detroit, Michigan, waren Dr. Nagarwala sowie die Eheleute Attar angezeigt worden, drei Angehörige der schiitischen Dawudi Bohra, denen FGM religiöse Pflicht ist (

    Islam der Sunniten. Im islamischen Recht der Schafiiten gilt die männliche wie weibliche Beschneidung als wâdschib (farD), religiös verpflichtend. Die anderen sunnitischen Rechtsschulen bejahen die weibliche Beschneidung, den Malikiten gilt sie als sunna (unbedingt nachzuahmen), Hanafiten wie vielen Hanbaliten als makrumâ (ehrenwert), die übrigen Hanbaliten bewerten sie als religiöse Pflicht (

    Sind Sie der Auffassung, dass eine religiös begründete FGM Typ Ia oder FGM Typ IV durch Art. 4 Grundgesetz gedeckt und auch nicht durch § 226a StGB verboten ist? (

    Auch die Jungenbeschneidung, die männliche „Genitalverstümmelung ist immer ein massiver Eingriff, der nicht selten den Tod und häufig lebenslange Schmerzen und psychologische Traumata nach sich zieht“, um Ihre, für das männliche Geschlecht ebenfalls zutreffende, Aussage zur FGM zu zitieren. Die Grund- und Freiheitsrechte des Individuums betreffend, hat das Grundgesetz zwischen Frau und Mann, zwischen Mädchen und Junge nicht zu differenzieren (

    Bekennen Sie sich zum Beibehalten der WHO-Kategorisierung weiblicher Genitalverstümmelung, welche FGM definiert als Typ I, II, III, IV? Kämpfen Sie mit uns gegen die Straffreistellung der Chatna (chitan al-inath, sunat perempuan), auch der milden Sunna? Jede Form von FGM (I, II, III, IV) gehört verboten – überall auf der Welt.


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