Changing Global Perceptions: Child Protection & Bodily Integrity

14th International Symposium
Keele University, 14–16 September 2016

Genital Autonomy exists as a charity to promote, preserve and protect the health and well-being of male, female and intersex children by protecting them from unnecessary genital surgery or modification; and to promote the human rights of children in relation to genital surgery or modification as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights Of the Child throughout the world.

The 14th International Symposium – Changing Global Perceptions: Child Protection & 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 issues surrounding genital autonomy forward.

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Symposium Programme
(subject to change)

Day One | Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Child Protection, Law and Ethics

Speakers include:
Michael Thomson, Professor of Law at Leeds University;
Brian Earp, Research Associate with the Oxford Centre for Neuro-ethics;
James Chegwidden, Barrister.

Day Two | Thursday, 15 September 2016
Politics and Activism

Ann-Marie Wilson, 28 too many;
Maryam Namazie, Iranian-born human rights activist from the Council of ex-Muslims of Britain;
Dr Clare Chambers, University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Director of Graduate Admissions in Philosophy, Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge;
Antony Lempert, Chair of the Secular Medical Forum;
Kitty Anderson, Chair of Intersex Iceland, Secretary of the Executive board of OII-Europe and International Secritariat of Samtökin ´78;
Dr Mitchell Travis, Lecturer in Law and Social Justice  Leeds University;
Dr Fae Garland, School of Law, Exeter;
Tuomas Kurttila, Finnish Ombudsman for Children.

Day Three | Friday, 16 September 2016
Consequences: Psychological Harms, Sexual Dysfunction and Pathways to Treatment

John Dalton, Trustee and member of a research ethics committee;
Tiina Vilponen, Communications Manager and Tommi Paalanen, Executive Director both 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;
Dr H Eli Joubert, MA PsyD CPsychol AFBPsS MCoSRT (Accred) ECPS, a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with expertise and experience in general adolescent and adult psychotherapy;
Simon Zobel, a Berlin-based Chartered Engineer, lecturer and advocate for bodily autonomy resp. bodily diversity of sex development.

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