Helsinki Declaration 2012


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Changing Global Perceptions: Child Protection & Bodily Integrity

The 14th International Symposium – Changing Global Perceptions: Child Protection and Bodily Integrity – is being held at Keele University, organised by the International Committee of the charity Genital Autonomy. The three days are themed and we have invited speakers who are professionals and well-known in their fields to address these themes, expanding on new developments and taking our issues forward.

Day One: Child Protection, Law and Ethics – Confirmed speakers include Michael Thomson, Professor of Law at Leeds University; Brian Earp, Research Associate with tthe Oxford Centre for Neuro-ethics; James Chegwidden, Barrister and a speaker from CRIN (The Children’s Rights Information Network)

Day Two: Politics and Activism – Confirmed speakers include Ann-Marie Wilson from 28 too many, Maryam Namazie, Iranian-born human rights activist from the Council of ex-Muslims of Britain, and Antony Lempert, Chair of the Secular Medical Forum

Day three: Consequences: Psychological harms, sexual dysfunction and pathways to treatment. – Confirmed speakers include John Dalton, Trustee and member of a research ethics committee; Tiina Vilponen, Communications Manager and Tommi Paalanen, Executive Director from the Sexpo Foundation, Finland; Dr Comfort Momoh MBE, an FGM and public health specialist at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; a speaker from the Porterbrook Clinic in Sheffield, one of the largest in the UK specialising in psycho-sexual problems.

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Foreskin ethics.

Video of a clear and authoritative talk given to the Genital Autonomy and Intaktiv conference “Myths and multiple standards” in Frankfurt May 2015.

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Insights from the outside

Video of a presentation on effective political activism to promote the rights of children to grow up free from sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and non-therapeutic genital cutting.

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Committee Against Torture

Switzerland Monday 3rd of August.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) explicitly criticised the surgery on intersex children that still takes place in Swiss hospitals and clinics. The criticism referred to earlier reports from CAT, CEDAW (The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women), the Special Rapporteur on Torture and the CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) which recently included Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM) as a one of a range of harmful practices.

The Concluding Observations of the Committee against Torture concerning Switzerland are due on the 14th of August 2015. Genital Autonomy and are hoping for a powerful statement in the Concluding Observations condemning IGM practices.

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Myths and Multiple Standards

The Frankfurt conference went very well despite a local train strike forcing last minute programme changes! For a summary of the conference see this press release from our partner organisation Intaktiv. Thank you to all who made the event such a sucess, Intaktiv, the speakers, the GA crew and the centre’s staff. Last but not least thank you Frankfurt.


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FGM Select Committee Report


On Thursday the 3rd of July, the Home Affairs Select Committee published a report “Female genital mutilation: the case for a national action plan.” The report condemns the lack of education, prosecution and action taken with regard to the growing prevalence of FGM within the UK.

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Human genital cutting

A presentation given by Prof. Dr. Tobe Levin to the symposium on genital autonomy, 6th May 2014.

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The assault we ignore

A presentation given by James Chegwidden, Barrister on 17th September 2013 at Keele University, Staffs, U.K. to the Genital Autonomy conference “Children’s rights in Europe: recent developments”. The presentation covers the current law surrounding male circumcision in the U.K.

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