Female genital mutilation and cutting – a matter of human rights and gender equality

International conference, 13th of October 2016, House of the Estates, Helsinki, Finland

Hosted by the Finnish League for Human Rights in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the City of Helsinki, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Part of the programme for the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2016


Conference facilitator: Johanna Latvala, Project Manager, Finnish League for Human Rights

11:30–12:00 Coffee, tea, registration

12:00–12:10 Words of welcome
Kaari Mattila, Secretary General, Finnish League for Human Rights

12:10–12:20 Opening of the conference
Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

12:20–12:50 Keynote speech
Dr. Abdiqani Sheikh Omar, Director General, Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development, The Federal Government of  Somalia

12:50–13:20 Keynote speech: FGM – Evidence into Action
Professor Adriana Kaplan, UAB Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

13:20–13:35 Commentary
Professor Helena Ranta, University of Helsinki, Finland

13:35–14:00 Discussion

14:00–14:30 Break: coffee, tea

14:30–14:45 Poetry by Farah Gabdon

14:45–15:45 Panel discussion: What can the states do? – FGM/C policies in the Nordic Countries and the EU

Jurgita Pečiūrienė, Gender Expert, EIGE European Institute for Gender Equality

Leila Erdis, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Norway

Malin Ahrne, Program Officer, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden

Martta October, Development Manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

16:10–16:20 Commentary
Angie Marriott, Diversity & Employment Solutions, United Kingdom

16:20–16:45 Preventing FGM/C together with the communities – 15 years of awareness raising work in the Finnish League for Human Rights
Saido Mohamed, Advisor, Finnish League for Human Rights

16:45–16:55 Discussion

16:55 Closing words

17:00 Conference ends


17:30–19:30 Dinner reception hosted by the City of Helsinki at the Old Town Hall (Vanha Raatihuone, Aleksanterinkatu 20; invited guests only)

We will be welcomed by Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki and Leena Mickwitz, City Secretary. Satu Santala, Director General of the Department for Development Policy at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland, will also speak at the event. We will enjoy a dinner, poems recited by Farah Gabdon, and the opportunity to network with other guests.