Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second VICTORIA KINKAID: Hello. My name is Victoria, and I’m one of the course facilitators. And I work as a doctor. Welcome to our course on female genital mutilation or FGM. We developed this course after doing a piece of research on how much UK medical students knew about FGM. And the outcome of the research was that 97.1% of respondents to our survey thought that more teaching on FGM would be beneficial. So we decided to develop this four-week short course. Each week, you will learn about female genital mutilation and dive into its health implications, the law around it, and the legal reporting that is mandated for different professionals.
Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds We have aimed the course at health care professionals, social workers, and police officers, but it can be done by anyone who has an interest in women’s health, global health, or health advocacy. To give you an overview, the four weeks are divided into week one, what is FGM. Week two, how FGM links in with a global picture and the sustainable development goals or SDGs. Week three, the legal aspects of FGM and mandatory reporting and week four, the sociocultural perspectives and advocacy around ending FGM.
Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds By the end of this module, you’ll be able to understand what FGM is and be able to recognise it, what the health implications of FGM are, and how the practise links with the global goal of ending violence against women. You will also understand the law around FGM and the mandatory reporting duties of all public sector organisations and individuals. You will also be able to discuss advocacy tactics around ending the practise. Each week is very interactive with lots of different forms of learning– audio, visual, and reading tasks, alongside discussion boards and thinking tasks to get your mind working. The discussion boards will involve us as course facilitators talking to you about FGM and having open discussions about the topics.
Skip to 2 minutes and 23 seconds At the end of each week, there will be a multiple choice quiz to consolidate your learning, which will cover what you’ve learned in each of the videos and readings for each week. You can use this to check what you’ve learned. We are really excited and passionate about this course and the topic and can’t wait to hear what you think of it. We really hope you enjoy the course.