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Philadelphia International Women's Project

Philadelphia International Women's Project (PIWP)


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To schedule an appointment, call Jewel Samuels at 267.507.6613.

For more information, contact Emily Finley, MPH, project coordinator at 267.507.6623.

Philadelphia International Women's Project (PIWP) seeks to provide comprehensive, specialized and culturally sensitive reproductive health care for women affected by female genital cutting (FGC). Our clinicians are specially trained to deliver care with expertise, experience and compassion.

While FGC is practiced in numerous cultures of West and East Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South America, many girls and women who have experienced FGC are now living in the U.S. The greater Philadelphia region ranks eighth among major U.S. cities for residents affected by female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

Holistic Reproductive Health Services for Women with Female Genital Cutting

FGC often results in long-term effects on the physical, mental and sexual well-being of women and girls. The Philadelphia International Women's Project provides care that is individualized, holistic and focused on cultural respect. Our goal is to help women with FGC live as healthfully as possible.

The Philadelphia International Women's Project is often the first setting where affected women have felt comfortable asking questions about their individual FGC experiences. We evaluate, treat and counsel on a wide range of issues where FGC may have an impact, including fertility, contraception, pregnancy and childbirth, sexuality, pelvic or sexual pain, or urinary problems, as well as the surgical treatment options for the complications of FGC.

In 2016, Drexel Medicine physicians caring for patients with FGC recognized the need for a more comprehensive program to address the complex needs of affected women. In partnership with the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) (215.546.1232) and the Nationalities Service Center (NSC) (215.893.8400), and with support from the Office on Women's Health (OWH), the Philadelphia International Women's Project was launched.

As part of our commitment to promoting culturally sensitive care and improving the quality of services for all individuals, PIWP strives to implement and sustain National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) at every level of our programming. For more information about CLAS, visit

Nationalities Service Center (NSC)
Office on Women's Health
African Family Health Organization (AFAHO)

In the Media

"Ancient ritual, modern suffering: Drexel program aids survivors of female genital cutting" (December 15, 2016)

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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