Female Genital Mutilation

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

I Had FGM At Seven - But It Took 20 Years To Call Myself A Survivor

Nimko Ali | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Nimko Ali

all women everywhere Nimko Ali is a writer, FGM campaigner and co-founder of Daughters of Eve. Here, as part of The Huffington Post UK's All Women Everywhere project, Nimko vlogs on her experience of FGM and on coming to terms with being a survivor.

The World Needs Angry Mothers

J.J. Barnes | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

all women everywhere Now I'm not just an angry woman, I'm an angry mother and an angry feminist, and I have to assume that anyone who isn't angry simply doesn't know the truth, because how can anybody good, anybody who cares about other people, not be angry?

I'm An Activist And Survivor: Now We Must Scale Up Efforts To End FGM

Diakhoumba Gassama | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Diakhoumba Gassama

To eradicate FGM and other harmful traditional practices we will have to be able to provide and access comprehensive sexuality education, interventions which are among the primary targets of what the Trump administration is proposing.

Ending FGM Will Only Be Possible If We Increase Funding To Front-line Activists

Anber Raz | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Anber Raz

Thanks in large part to the work of TNI and other local organisations, Kenya is now leading the way globally in terms of ending this abuse. Prevalence has fallen to 11% for teenage girls - significantly lower than for middle aged adult women, where the figure is closer to 50%.

FGM Is Nothing More Than A Human Rights Violation That Entrenches Inequality Between The Sexes And Ruins Young Girls Lives

Maria Caulfield | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Maria Caulfield

The World Health Organisation has said that the practice of FGM "can end in one generation" and that is why it is so important we get involved in International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. It is sad that we have to have such a day, but it gives us an opportunity to raise awareness and unite in eradicating this barbaric practice.

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...

How The UK Border Force Are Trying To Prevent Vulnerable Girls Being Subjected To FGM Over The Christmas Break

Amelia Nice | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Amelia Nice

Officers spoke to passengers on four flights today. But as school break up thousands of flights are leaving this country and with them thousands of girls some of whom are at vulnerable age and headed to countries of high risk.

People Don't Understand the Problems FGM Causes for Women - I Didn't Even Understand Myself

Hadas | Posted 22.07.2017 | UK

Most people in Eritrea think that if a girl is cut, she will grow up to be a good girl; that she will not bring shame on her family and she will marry well. If a girl is not cut, they think she will grow up to be a 'slut'; a girl who thinks about sex and will not be satisfied by one man.

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

Sarah Champion | Posted 30.06.2017 | 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 31.03.2017 | 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 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. 

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

Louise Bours | Posted 09.03.2017 | 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 24.11.2016 | 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 16.10.2016 | 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 08.10.2016 | 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 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.

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 12.07.2016 | 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.