Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Could You Help Prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision?

Could You Help Prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision?

If you knew how to prevent men and boys in the UK being subjected to Unnecessary Male Circumcision – would you take action today?

If so you may want to sign up for an interactive workshop and mini-conference at Keele University on Thursday 26th July 2012 – CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW

The event, facilitated by Glen Poole, Strategic Director of The Men’s Network, will give you all the information you need help save more men and boys from Unnecessary Male Circumcision.

It is hosted by the charity Genital Autonomy and will be attended by some of the UK’s leading experts on Unnecessary Male Circumcision.

How Big A Problem Is Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK?

An estimated 100* medically Unnecessary Male Circumcisions are performed in the UK every day – with two-thirds being carried out for non-religious reasons.

Unnecessary Male Circumcision causes death, pain and lifelong damage. For example:
  • A UK midwife was charged with manslaughter in April 2012 after performing an Unnecessary Male Circumcision that led to a baby boy bleeding to death
  • In 2010 an investigation found that 40% of circumcisions performed on boys at an Islamic school in Oxford led to medical problems with 1 in 5 being treated in hospital as a result
  • Subjecting infants and boys to unnecessary genital surgery has been found to cause post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anger, low self-esteem and problems with intimacy according to NORM UK
  • Circumcised men are believed to be 60% more likely to develop alexithymia, which is the inability to feel or understand emotions




What Do We Mean By Unnecessary Male Circumcision?

Unnecessary Male Circumcision means different things for different people and some people have different levels of tolerance for the different types of Unnecessary Male Circumcision depending on whether they are ritual, religious, cultural, social or medically inexpedient...........

  • For some people, ritual circumcisions, like those that claimed the lives of 91 young men in South Africa in 2009 alone are unnecessary and those deaths could and should be prevented. At present it is illegal for a UK resident to take a girl abroad to perform such an operation, but not illegal to take a boy abroad to be circumcised.

  • For some people, allowing any non-medical person to perform painful circumcision without an anaesthetic is unnecessary and should be prevented – we do not allow any other surgery to be performed on children by non-medical staff without on anaesthetic, so shouldn’t we prevent the unnecessary male circumcision of infants and baby boys?

  • For some people, medically unnecessary circumcisions should not be performed without consent and boys should be allowed to decide as adults whether they want to be intact or not. Many adult men tell us that if they had the choice they would have said no. We do not allow adults to tattoo children, why do we allow them to unnecessarily remove an important body part when circumcised men are coming forward to tell us that its their body, it should have been their choice?

  • Some people are concerned about the high proportion of unnecessary male circumcision being performed for ‘medical’ reasons – when there is a non-surgical alternative. The charity NORM UK estimates that as many as 90% of ‘medical’ circumcisions performed in the UK are actually unnecessary and could be prevented and making parents aware of the alternatives could prevent thousands of mums and dads from putting their sons through unnecessary male circumcision. 


Who Should Be Concerned About Unnecessary Male Circumcision?

Health Professionals

Do you work in the health service? Are you responsible for the health and wellbeing of men, boys or babies? Are you a surgeon, a public health official, a hospital manager, a GP, a nurse, a health visitor or someone providing health advice and services to parents? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?

Child Protection Professionals

Are you responsible for safeguarding children? Do you work in social services or the social care sector or deal in someway with protection of children? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?

Equality & Diversity Professionals

Do you work in the Equality & Diversity sector? Are you concerned with issues relating to children, women and men in different religious communities? Are you interested in the different experiences of people who are born male, female and intersex? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Equality and Diversity professionals aim to foster good relations between different communities - particularly around difficult issues like circumcision. So it is essential Equality & Diversity Professionals
for you get informed, get involved and help spread the facilitate the debate on Unnecessary Male Circumcision.

Religious and Secular Groups

Do you work with religious communities in the UK?  Are you a member of religious community where medically Unnecessary Male Circumcision is the norm? Do you have an interest in promoting secularism? If so the debate on how to prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK will be of interest to you. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?

Parenting Groups

Do you work with parents in the UK? Are you a parent who is affected by or concerned with Unnecessary Male Circumcision? Are you connected to mums and dads in communities that practice male circumcision? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?


International Development Sector

Do you work in international development? Are you concerned with promoting the health and wellbeing of children overseas? Are you interested in helping us to prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision in other countries? If so you can make a difference by getting informed, getting involved and spreading the word?

Human Rights

Are you concerned with human rights? Do you think people of all backgrounds should be treated equally? Do you think that protecting girls and boys from unnecessary genital surgery is a human rights issue? If so you could help prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision by getting informed, getting involved and spreading the word.


Children’s Rights

Do you work with children? Do you think children should be protected from unnecessary genital surgery? Do you think girls and boys should have the same rights and protection? If so then you’ll want to helps us prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision. But will you remain silent or will you make a difference by getting informed, getting involved and spreading the word?

Women’s Sector

Are you interested in gender equality? Do you think mothers from all communities should be empowered to speak out on issues that matter to them? Do you think men and women should have a choice about what happens to their own bodies? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?

Men’s Sector

Do you work with men and boys? Do you think men’s issues are taken less seriously than women’s issues? Are you concerned about the health, wellbeing and personal safety of men and boys? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. So will you take to get informed, get involved and spread the word?


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