Medical and psychological aspects related to the phenomenon of Female Genital Mutilation (BRIDGE and ChildHub webinar)

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Date of webinar: 
28 Nov 2019
Start and finish time of webinar: 
2pm CET
Dr Martin Caillet
Françoise Leroux

After studying medicine at ULB, Dr Caillet completed his training as a gynaecologist and obstetrician in the department of gynaecology at the Saint Pierre University Hospital in Brussels.

It is with his patients in Saint Pierre that he learned about female genital mutilation (FGM). Since 2007, some of his medical consultations have been dedicated to addressing FGM-related issues. In 2010, he went to Ougadougou to learn the technique of surgical clitoral reconstruction with Dr. Ouedraogo and Dr. Madzou.

In 2014, CeMAViE was created: it is the first multidisciplinary centre dedicated to providing sexual and psychological medical assistance to female victims of FGM.

In 2017, CeMAViE was integrated into "320, rue Haute", a structure dedicated to family planning and assistance to victims of sexual violence.

After graduating in psychology from the University of Louvain, Françoise Leroux completed her training with two specializations in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy and systemic and family therapy.

For more than 20 years she has been accompanying patients in different contexts, in public and private centres or institutions. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and their families, and dealing with abuse of vulnerable persons.

She worked for Ciré (Coordination and initiatives for refugees and foreigners) for 10 years, and has a good knowledge of the context of asylum and migration. She has also been the director of the Intact NGO, dealing with the issue of FGM, since its creation.

She joined the Cemavie team in 2017 when “320 rue haute” opened, where she also works at the CPVS (Centre for victims of sexual violence) and city planning.


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About the webinar:

This webinar is being organized as part of the regional project "Building Relationships through Innovative Development of Gender-Based Violence Awareness in Europe - BRIDGE" which has the aim to strengthen the statutory response to gender-based violence (GBV) affecting children and youth on the move in EU countries.

The BRIDGE project is supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) and is implemented in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Malta and Romania.

A series of webinars are being organized as part of the BRIDGE project to discuss issues of GBV and share good practices.

This webinar is a follow-up to the webinar on female genital mutilation (FGM) which was held in June 2019. This webinar will be delivered by two speakers and will this time focus specifically on the medical and psychological aspects related to the phenomenon of FGM.

In this webinar Dr Martin Caillet will adress:

  • A theoretical introduction, with main medical definitions regarding FGM
  • An epidemiological and historical study of FGM
  • A discussion on where FGM happens now and why
  • Concrete medical consequences of FGM
  • Solutions for victims of FGM, types of support and multidisciplinary approach
  • And a few last words on reconstructive surgery

Françoise Leroux will address the following elements:

  • the articulation of the psychological aspect with the other professionals of the team (gynaecologist, midwife, sexologist): interest of multidisciplinary care
  • analysis of the patient's request: where the request is located in the patient's life story, why the patient comes and how the patient is generally doing
  • psychological work and social support (linked with residence status)
  • which therapeutic tools should be used


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