Mission: The MNFGC is an organization committed to addressing the impact of female genital cutting (FGC) in the Midwest, with the goal of both preventing cutting from occurring and providing sensitive, culturally competent care for those who have been cut.
MNFGC was formed in 2005 with the following objectives:
- Accumulate relevant data on FCG in order to serve as a key information source for healthcare providers, policy makers, and community members.
- Conduct training for practitioners on the medical & legal aspects and cultural underpinnings of FGC.
- Organize educational sessions for immigrant communities on the medical, legal, and human rights aspects of FGC.
- Serve as a clearinghouse for FGC-related activities in the Midwest.
The Midwest Network on Female Genital Cutting is committed to the following beliefs:
- FGC is a harmful practice that should not continue in immigrant communities
- It is imperative that providers, particularly those in the obstetric, gynecologic, and pediatric contexts, understand the cultural, clinical, and legal aspects of caring for this population, and be able to care for them in a culturally competent manner.
- Leaders from the African immigrant community, especially women and girls, should be at the forefront of all community initiatives regarding the issue of FGC to assure that their cultural values are respected.
If you would like to get involved in working to improve immigrant health, please Contact Us for more information on how you or your organization can participate.