Changing Global Perceptions: Child Protection & Bodily Integrity

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.

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, this three-day symposium is themed and the presenters are well-known in their professional fields. Each will address the developments taking place with regard to genital autonomy and the rights of children.

Symposium Programme

Day One | Wednesday, 14 September 2016
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 Child Rights Information Network).

Day Two | Thursday, 15 September 2016
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 | Friday, 16 September 2016
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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