ShantiWorks is holding training sessions at our Richmond premises on the third Friday of each month (9:30am -1:00pm).

These sessions will provide professional development in a range of areas with the aim to support participants in developing their ethics, theories and practice in their work. These areas include working with a feminist lens, understanding and unpacking commonly used models and frameworks, and deepening our understanding of working with victim-survivors and perpetrators of family violence.

May – The Politics of Culture in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Zubaidah Mohamed Shaburdin
18th May, 2018

Cost: $110 + GST

As a cultural practice, the topic of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is highly politicised in both international and national platforms. Often mistaken as a religious practice, the impacts of looking at FGM/C through a white cultural lens has led to the stigmatisation of communities in public spaces resulting in government-led paternalistic approaches to ‘eradicate’ the practice. This mini workshop will offer a space for workers to think critically on:

  • FGM/C and gender inequality
  • Cultural hierarchy and white saviour mentality
  • The politics in our use of language
  • Exploring and sharing of women’s stories

This training is suitable for those working and supporting women and their families from communities that traditionally practice FGM/C. This includes workers from divers sectors in health, community, education, state and local government, not for profit agencies, social policy and justice.

Spaces are limitted. To attend, please fill out your details below and an invoice will be sent to you.


We are also open to topic suggestions, as the ShantiWorks’ team wants this training to be relevant and useful to the community.