To provide access to surgical intervention for women who desire the surgery but lack the financial means to pursue it and to provide training for staff who will be accompanying clients and supporting them throughout their stay in Germany.
To educate and sensitise the public about social and economic rights of women and to promote the overall wellbeing of women who have suffered emotional damage as a result of genital mutilation.
To undertake programs and activities, which include but not limited to studies, outreaches, publications and advocacy aimed at advancing the rights of women facing the psychological and emotional strain of FGM (Female genital mutilation).
What we do
The purpose of our organisation is to support FGM survivors to access information and help with reconstructive surgery and provide these women with psychological and emotional support during this journey of restoration.
Our organisation will highlight our unique offer to provide travel arrangements and consultation with the proposed surgeon. We would train volunteers to fully understand the risks associated with FGM and to adequately support the women during the process of and post restorative surgery and work with other organisations that promote wellbeing.
We offer the following
- Clinical pre-assessment
- Advice & guidance
- Finance & cost planning
- Travel arrangements
- Language support
- Hospital registration and admin support
- Pastoral care during hospital stay
- Follow up and post operative assessment
What is the surgery about and are there any benefits?The clitoris is much longer than a lot of people think, it has a 10cm long root that arches around the vagina, so after FGM, the organ is buried under scar tissue. The surgeon aims to reconstruct/repair the damage by carefully removing scar tissue that formed after the FGM procedure, the clitoris is then revealed, healthy tissue is manipulated with the aim of rebuilding a clitoral hood and achieving a normal appearance and hopefully restoring sensation.
The practice of FGM is viewed and accepted internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children, therefor recognised as child abuse.
WHO classified Female genital mutilation into four major types.
Type 1 – Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris (a small, sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals) and/or in very rare cases only, the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris).
Type 2 – Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are the ‘lips’ that surround the vagina).
Type 3 – Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris.
Type 4 – Other: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.
There are no health benefits, only harm, both physical and psychological.
In the UK, a growing number of women with FGM cases are being identified; women with FGM Grade III cases are given the choice of having the surgical reversal procedure of deinfibulation, which is the surgical procedure to open up the closed vagina.
Unlike deinfibulation, the restorative surgery gives the genitalia a normal anatomical appearance, relieves the sense of loss and restores the function of the clitoris; this particular form of surgery is not available in the United kingdom Presently, hence the need to travel abroad to get the surgery done, however, very few women are aware that this surgery is available and that restoration is possible.
For more information of FGM and where to get help, please visit:
Specialist FGM Clinics
- African Well Women’s Clinic Guy’s & St. Thomas’s Hospital, 8th Floor – c/o Antenatal Clinic, Lambeth Palace Rd, London, SE1 7EH Tel: 0207 188 6872 Open: Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm Contact: Comfort Momoh MBE - FGM/Public Health Specialist Tel: 07956 542 576
- African Well Women’s Clinic @ Rotherhithe Children Center, Rotherhithe new Road, London SE16 2PL, clinic opens every Fortnightly Monday 10am- 12noon, please call 07879496612 or 07956 542 576 for opening days.