Saturday, February 13th, 2016

CPD Training Event: Gender Sensitivity in the Asylum Process - 25 February - London

The IARS International Institute marks the awareness of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation with the announcement of a free CPD accredited training event that will be taking place on Wednesday 25th February 2015, 14:00-18:00 at Room V121, SOAS, University of London, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW (nearest tube Kings Cross). 


This evidence-based, user-led awareness raising programme for professionals and service providers is focused on the impact of gender-based violence, including FGM, on refugee and asylum-seeking women, and the need for a gender sensitive treatment of this group.

The training programme has been developed as part of the three-year Comic Relief and Matrix Chambers funded programme entitled Abused No More that aims to generate institutional change and increased gender sensitivity in the treatment of refugee and asylum-seeking women, both by harnessing existing research and by allowing the women themselves to identify the problems they currently face through community-led action research. To book your free place contact Natalia at  


The training event will aim to:

  • Inform about gender-based violence and the specific needs of refugee and asylum seeking women. 
  • Improve professionals' and practitioners' skills on how to interact with women who have experienced gender-based violence and how to facilitate disclosure of sensitive information.
  • Provide professionals, agencies and services with the appropriate tools and best practice guidance to further engage with women affected by gender-based violence. 

Who should attend

The programme is suitable for  health and legal practitioners who work with refugee and asylum-seeking women but also it is targeted at all practitioners who work with refugee and asylum-seeking women as it covers relevant facts on gender-based violence and the asylum system in the UK

Accreditation & Certification

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (20 CPD learning points – Intermediate level).

The full training package includes

  • Half-day face-to-face training
  • Background information and key facts on the asylum-seeking process in the UK
  • Personal reflection and case studies narrated by asylum seeking and refugee women 
  • CPD Certification


Additional resources  can be purchased from IARS Publications and are also available on Kindle.



The training course is facilitated by Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz, IARS Projects Coordinator (Equalities), and refugee and asylum-seeking women involved in the Abused No More project, including an anti-FGM activist, survivor and asylum seeker, Maimuna Jawo. 


To book a training and to discuss quotes and your requirements please email






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