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2011 Genital Autonomy Conference

Event Date: August 31, 2011 (All day) - September 1, 2011 (All day)

'Law, human rights, and non-therapeutic interventions on children'

31st August – 1st September 2011 / Keele University, Staffordshire.  

This two day conference will consider the legal and human rights issues surrounding non-therapeutic genital surgery on male, female and intersex children.  

This conference is designed for professionals working in human rights, medical ethics and child protection especially in view of the recent publicity generated by a proposal to ban non-therapeutic male circumcision in San Francisco and the growing awareness of the damage inflicted on children by unnecessary surgical procedures.  


The conference will aim to address the following key areas:
What are the potential challenges child protection officials and human rights campaigners may face and what are the possible solutions?
What are the legal issues surrounding unnecessary genital surgery on children.
How is male and female circumcision in conflict with The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  
How do you achieve a working relationship between medical ethicists and child protection officials?
How is policy enforced. What are the key considerations when communicating with representatives from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds?

The outcomes of the conference are:

The conference will give a greater awareness of legislation on non-therapeutic male and female circumcision across Europe, a stronger appreciation of the issues surrounding unnecessary surgery on intersex children and enhanced awareness of issues that need to be addressed to ensure full compliance with United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and networking opportunities to meet fellow professionals working in this under researched area.

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