Women and health

Female genital mutilation clinical handbook

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a clinical handbook on the care of girls and women living with female genital mutilation (FGM). The Handbook offers advice on how to: communicate effectively and sensitively with girls who have developed health issues due to FGM; work with patients and families to prevent the practice of FGM; and identify when and where to refer patients who need additional support and care.

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Request from Dunkirk Refugee Women's Centre

Frances Timberlake, volunteer co-ordinator of a women refugee support organisation in northern France, is very interested in finding out more about women's workshops that women's projects have run. Frances says "A large part of our work in France is developing practical activities to build skills and confidence amongst the displaced women we work with, particularly more therapy-style activities as many of the women are suffering from trauma and depression as a result of their journeys.

The independent review of the Mental Health Act: Interim Report

This independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) was commissioned by the government in October 2017. Our terms of reference ask us to make recommendations for improvement in relation to rising detention rates, racial disparities in detention, and concerns that the act is out of step with a modern mental health system. We were asked to look at both legislation and practice, with recommendations extending to England in relation to matters that are devolved in Wales (including health), and England and Wales in relation to non-devolved matters (including justice). 

Churchill Fellowships - now open for applications

  • Keen to explore new ideas overseas for inspiring change in the UK? Apply for a @wcmtuk Fellowship. Travel research grants now open to all UK citizens aged 18+ (link to https://www.wcmt.org.uk/apply)
  • Inspired by overseas practice in your profession? Apply for a @wcmtuk Fellowship. Travel research grants now open to all UK citizens aged 18+ (link to https://www.wcmt.org.uk/apply)

Victorian activist Jospehine Butler documentary Night of Years now available online

This is a new documentary about the life and work of early feminist Josephine Butler. You can view it online at https://vimeo.com/262196971

Josephine gave a voice to women who were being exploited and treated barbarically as part of the Contagious Diseases Acts. She also shone a light on the sexual trafficking of women and girls in the later hall of the 19th century. She is now largely forgotten, but the work she did still has resonances today.

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