Female Genital Mutilation

'A Symbolic Nick'? Offensive and Damaging to FGM Survivors

Sarah Champion | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

The Economist is perpetuating the idea that FGM can be legitimised because it's done as a symbolic act. FGM is an act of a patriarchal society and all forms must be viewed as a serious crime.

Has It Become Racist to Condemn FGM?

Sarah Peace | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Peace

FGM, like veiling is not a practice confined to far off lands. FGM continues to be practiced illegally on British born girls, with a case reported in the UK approximately every two hours. If FGM is carried out on a white child in Britain, it will be regarded as criminal - so why does this position shift when a Somali child is violated?

Two Women Killed Every Week In The UK To Domestic Violence

Jessica Onah | Posted 21.03.2016 | 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. 

My Wish for International Women's Day? The End of FGM Once and for All

Louise Bours | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Bours

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day calling for "parity" or a level playing field between men and women. But really, how can there be true parity when young women and girls across the world are still being butchered on the say so of their male masters?

Ending Violence Against Girls and Women: What Hope for the Future?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

According to the United Nations, globally 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence and often at the hands of a partner or family member. This is not just something happening somewhere else, in somebody else's family. It is everywhere and everybody needs to be concerned about it.

Time and Patience is Needed in the Battle to End FGM - But We Will Win

Christine Alfons | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Christine Alfons

I managed to escape the cut. My father was an educated man and did not want his children to experience it. Sadly he died when I was a child, but by the time I reached the cutting age, I refused it because of his teaching and my mother gave me shelter and protection. Many of my friends were not so lucky. ..

A Multi-Agency Approach Is Needed to Successfully Tackle FGM

Javed Khan | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

Tackling FGM might be a slow and long process, but with every lesson learned we'll get a little bit further towards our goal. It's comforting to see the willingness among all agencies in this country to end new cases of FGM. We are certainly going in the right direction, yet we need to ensure that all the willingness and commitment is not just talk...

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

Jack Fletcher | Posted 30.09.2015 | 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.

More Than 1,000 Cases Of FGM Recorded In UK In Just Three Months

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK

More than 1,000 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were recorded in just three months in the UK, it has been revealed. For the quarter April ...

Teen Shares Fears Her Dad Is Taking Her To Somalia For FGM

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A concerned 16-year-old has taken to Reddit to share her concerns over a planned family trip to Somalia. The heartbreaking post explains that her ...

Louise Ridley

The UK Borough Where One In 20 Women Are Victims Of FGM

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

The London borough of Southwark has the highest proportion of women in England and Wales who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), new figur...

We All Need to Be Alert to the Summer Holiday FGM Risk to Children

John Cameron | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK
John Cameron

Since launching at the end of June 2013, the NSPCC's FGM helpline has received over 700 contacts from the public and professionals, nearly 300 have been so serious they have been referred onwards. One call involved a member of the public who had called with concerns for a young child who was absent from school for a few months for a holiday in Nigeria. Suspicions arose as the child's mother gave varying explanations for the absence and on her return to school the child's demeanour and mood had changed and she complained about painful toilet trips.

UK Applauds Decision By Nigeria To Make FGM Illegal

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK

The UK has applauded a decision by Nigeria to make female genital mutilation illegal as a "landmark moment" in ending the practice which has been infl...

Get Your Nose Out of My Knickers: Genital Piercing is not FGM

Samantha Rea | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Samantha Rea

By classing women with genital piercings as having suffered FGM, we take away their agency and suggest they're incapable of making decisions regarding their own bodies. We take away their bodily autonomy just as FGM takes away the bodily autonomy of the women it's inflicted upon.

Vaginal Piercings Have Been Classed As FGM Under NHS Rules

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK

Women in Britain with genital piercings are being classed as having suffered female genital mutilation (FGM), it has emerged. The NHS compulsory r...

A Letter to My 18 Month Old on Women's Day

Zubin Madon | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Zubin Madon

Do not shackle yourself to gender centric paradigms of a hypocritical society; do not scuttle your dreams for ascendancy of your "natural role" (for want of a better euphemism) as a mother or a wife.

We need to Face Up to the Fact that FGM is an Issue in the UK

Hazel Barrett | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Hazel Barrett

A key issue is the lack of openness and discussion on the subject in affected communities. In such communities FGM and sexual issues are often a taboo topic. Men and women, husbands and wives do not speak about them and certainly not with their parents or children.

No More: The European Parliament Will Debate How to End Female Genital Mutilation

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

On 10 February MEPs will discuss with Commission representatives what measures are needed, such as funding for support services, protection of asylum seekers and the prevention of violence against women and girls in general.

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.

Is Cricket the New Weapon in the Fight Against FGM?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

The Warriors are an inspiring group of Maasai from Laikipia who have swapped their spears for cricket bats. As well as building competitive cricket teams, the Warriors are using cricket development in rural Maasailand to empower young people and tackle social injustice.

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,...

Egypt's Worrying Trend Towards Medicalising FGM

Suad Abu-Dayyeh | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Suad Abu-Dayyeh

According to Unicef, more than 27.2million Egyptian women and girls have been affected by FGM.  This represents 91% of the female population and is the biggest number for any one nationality.  Out of an estimated 100-140million affected by FGM globally, at least one in five is from Egypt.

A Time of Tears, Sorrow, Stigmatisation and Isolation

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to work with partners in country and in the diaspora communities to raise awareness and funds to combat Ebola and ensure support is available to help the recovery from this outbreak.

Death at the Hands of Culture, Not Religion

Meliha Hayat | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Meliha Hayat

We can certainly commend all health officials working on the ground level to abolish these cruel rituals in countries such as Egypt but it really is up to the religious leaders of the world to unite with great determination to help abolish this cruel practice; a practice that has no solid historical evidence to suggest that this can be done in the name of the name of God.