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 

  • Objectives

    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

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

  • Facilitator

    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