Female Genital Cutting

The Next Government Must Commit To Stopping Female Genital Mutilation

Javed Khan | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We believe the best way of preventing the practice is by working with girls and their families, raising awareness in schools and communities and training professionals like teachers and social workers to spot girls at risk of FGM and know how to report it

Growing Global Movement To End FGM

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

Action to end female genital mutilation (FGM) has come a long way since pioneering anti-FGM campaigner Efua Dorkenoo OBE first spoke of it as a violat...

Two Women Killed Every Week In The UK To Domestic Violence

Jessica Onah | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Jessica Onah

Exactly one week after you read this message two women in the UK will be murdered as a result of domestic violence. 42% of women murdered in the UK are as a result of domestic violence. 

Female Genital Mutilation Should Be Included as a Mandatory Part of the Medical Undergraduate Curriculum

Jack Fletcher | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Medical school is of course the traditional route for providing prospective doctors with the core knowledge and tools for the practice ahead. By not including FGM as a part of this process, information of even the basic nature of FGM is not being disseminated across the profession. A condition that affects over 130,000 women across the UK should be known to students who can also come into contact with patients that have undergone FGM or at risk of the act.

We Have the Opportunity to Bring an End to FGM Within in the Next Generation

Mary Creagh | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

Today is a vital date for London not least because in the UK an estimated 103,000 women have undergone FGM and 20,000 girls are at risk... We must seize the opportunity to empower millions of women and girls around the world. For a long time international development has been seen as something 'we' do to the rest of the world. That is an outdated worldview which must be broken down.

Doctor Cleared In British FGM Case

PA | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK

An NHS doctor has been cleared of performing female genital mutilation (FGM) in the first British case of its kind amid claims that he was used as a "...

Huge Number Of Britons Don't Understand FGM

PA | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK

More than one in three people (35%) in the UK do not understand the term female genital mutilation (FGM), new research suggests. The illegal practice,...

Feminism: Believing in the Power of Vaginas Is Not Something to be Ashamed Of

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
June Eric-Udorie

There is something undeniably wrong with people who feel that they're not feminists but they believe in women's rights. Or they're not feminists but they believe in the strength of women. Or they're not feminists but they believe that women shouldn't be treated like crap by men. Or they're not feminists but they want to feel like their voice matters.

ISIS 'Orders Genital Mutilation Of 4 Million Iraqi Women And Girls'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK

Radical jihadists ISIS have apparently ordered the genital mutilation of up to four million women and girls in its occupied city of Mosul in northern ...

London Doctor One Of Two Charged With Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

A London hospital doctor is one of two people to be charged for female genital mutilation, the first two in the UK to be prosecuted for such an offenc...

This Valentine's Day Help Us to Stop the Abuse of One Billion Women and Girls

Janice Atkinson | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

Around the world it is estimated that one billion women and girls are subject to abuse. That is a horrifying thought and we want to support the "One Billion Rising" campaign to raise awareness of this and help to halt this abuse.

London Doctor Accused Of Carrying Out Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK

A doctor is set to be grilled by the medical watchdogs, accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on a patient. Dr Sureshkumar Vallabhdas P...

'FGM Would Not Last If Boys' Willies Were Being Cut Off'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics

A Liberal Democrat minister has said that ending the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) must be a priority for the British governmen...

Cutting Us Down To Size: Working to End Female Genital Mutilation

Bidisha | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Was it to do with the control of women's and girls' bodies? Was it an older generation demonstrating that they had the ability to show authority, to violate their young? Was it about traumatised women visiting the same pain on girls, using custom as an excuse, in some subconsciously re-enacted cycle of abuse?

Fighting Female Genital Mutilation With Our Keyboards: The Feminist Statement on FGM Is Launched Today

Hilary Burrage | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Burrage

The basic human rights of children must always over-ride the 'cultural' sensitivities of adults. Until nations everywhere perceive FGM not as a custom, but rather as an epidemic which must be addressed by governments as well as community workers, it will continue to blight the lives of millions. Whole communities over generations suffer because of it.

Jessica Elgot

FGM In UK 'Could Be Worse Than Feared'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK

The figures on the number of women in the UK who have suffered female genital mutilation are radically out of date, meaning the problem could be far w...

The African Women Who Are Turning Their Backs on FGM

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

"I wanted to save lives not put them at risk." That's what a former female genital cutter told me during a visit to Kenya this week, as she explained why she downed her tools and instead became a birth attendant. I believe this woman should be celebrated for taking such a brave stance against the centuries-old tradition of female genital mutilation. And she's not alone.

'Hidden Behind A Wall Of Silence'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

More than 70 women and girls in the UK are seeking treatment every month for problems linked to female genital mutilation. According to the NSPCC, ...

Police and Politicians Turn Blind Eye to FGM Because of Victims' Skin Colour

Neil Wallis | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Wallis

This week a beautiful little blonde and blue-eyed English girl was horrifically sexually mutilated - by her parents. She will be scarred for life both physically and mentally. She could have died in the attack. This was not a lone assault, however. Such ritualistic violence against children happen on average EVERY week among a particular cult in Britain.

East African Women on FGM: "Sometimes They Just Call You Lazy"

Musa Okwonga | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK
Musa Okwonga

Each of these women had undergone FGM early in their lives, and now, encouraged by my mother, they were talking frankly about how they felt. One of them spoke of the agony that the procedure still caused her three decades later.

Ending Female Genital Cutting in a Generation

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

The UK has a duty to get behind this momentum and do all we can to keep it going. We owe it to the millions of girls who are at risk of being cut every year. And this is why the UK, through the Department for International Development, will this year become the largest single investor in ending female genital cutting.

£35m Announced to Go to Ending Female Genital Cutting

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

After a story trailed in the Sunday Times about a UK Government fund ending FGC, it seemed that the question on everyone's lips was 'how much?' We knew that it was likely to be in the tens of millions, and in the female genital cutting sector that is an unprecedented amount.

UK Government to Announce Historic Investment to End Female Genital Cutting

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Politics
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

Change is possible, and female genital cutting can end within our lifetime.

International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation: How Do We Make It a Day of Hope?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Today (6 February) is the International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, Campaigners and activists will use the much needed profile that an international awareness day can bring to renew efforts to eliminate this harmful traditional practice.

International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation: How Do We Make It a Day of Hope?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Today (6 February) is the International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, Campaigners and activists will use the much needed profile that an international awareness day can bring to renew efforts to eliminate this harmful traditional practice.