Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: It’s Time To Talk About It


November 8, 2023    
9:30 am - 1:30 pm


Event Type

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is recognized in the US and internationally as a human rights violation and a form of gender-based violence. However, many social workers, advocates, and social service providers are not adequately equipped to address FGM/C in their practice. This workshop will provide an introductory foundation for understanding what FGM/C is, including its prevalence in the U.S. and globally, and the role of social workers in addressing and responding to this issue. In addition, the workshop will share key competencies and best practices for working with survivors of FGM/C. This workshop intends to increase attendees’ confidence in talking about and addressing FGM/C in their practice and provide relevant resources.


  • Participants will learn about the role of social workers in addressing FGM/C.
  • Participants will learn about the common service needs for people who have been impacted by FGM/C.
  • Participants will learn how to apply core social work competencies and approaches to working with people impacted by FGM/C in culturally responsive ways.
  • Participants will gain an introductory understanding of what female genital cutting/mutilation is; including the types of FGM/C, justifications for the practices, physical and psychological impacts, and its prevalence in the US and globally.


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