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Dr Katy Newell-Jones will present ‘Medicalisation of female genital cutting: decision making dilemmas and competing priorities’

Dr Anita Makins will present 'FGM: a global perspective'


Katy Newell-JonesKaty Newell-Jones, PhD, is a facilitator and researcher with over 30 years of experience of supporting learning and development among health and social care professionals in the UK and overseas. She was awarded a lifetime National Teaching fellowship by the Higher Education Authority in 2004.  A former Principle Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at Oxford Brookes University, her approach combines evidence-based approaches with an ethnographic understanding of communities.  Her work on attitudes, beliefs and practices associated with female genital cutting (FGC) began in 2009 in Kenya and has extended to Tanzania, Somaliland, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Katy is currently working on two initiative with the WHO Reproductive Health Research team; the development and piloting of a training programme for health practitioners to support the abandonment of FGC, and the development of guidelines for ethical research on FGC. 




Dr Anita MakinsDr Anita Makins is Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a Masters in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  She is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and is Director of PPIUD Initiative at FIGO (International Federation of O&Gs) in London. 

Her specialist interest is in Global Women’s health. She has worked in many LMICS in Sub-Saharan Africa for various International NGOS including Medecins Sans Frontieres.

She is an honorary faculty member of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Diploma in Tropical Medicine and is a founding member of Oxford University’s Global Surgery Group. She has been an active member of FIGO’s Committee on Women’s Heath and Human Rights.

She is currently head of Oxford’s Rose Clinic – a specialist multidisciplinary clinic for women who have suffered with FGM and has lived and worked extensively in countries where FGM is highly prevalent.



The talks are organised by Oxford University Global Surgery Group

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Chair: Professor Freddie Hamdy

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