Today cofounder Aissata M.B. Camara held a female genital mutilation (FGM) training with medical students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
In the United States, over 500,000 women and girls are estimated to be at risk. FGM thrives in secrecy and is one of the greatest challenges to promoting the rights of women and girls. The medical students in this training (a) learned about FGM and key indicators/recent cases, (b) learned about current challenges and opportunities for ending the practice, and (c) explored culturally competent techniques they can use when providing services to survivors and girls at risk. They also participated in various exercises that thought them how to talk to women and girls who are FGM survivors and also identified ways to activate in their communities to Break The Silence.
Though very informative, in light of the Michigan Case (you can read our statement here), most were surprised that some doctors are practitioners because this procedure goes against the Hippocratic Oath “do no harm” that doctors must uphold.