Female Genital Mutilation

Efua Dorkenoo: The Woman Who Never Stopped

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
June Eric-Udorie

Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, known affectionately to many, as 'Mama Efua' was a shining light in the movement to end FGM, dedicating her life to the eradication of the practice. Often referred to as the mother of the end FGM campaign, she fought for decades and battled to ensure that FGM stopped being a minority issue that was ignored to an issue was recognized as a priority by governments and policy makers around the world.

Louise Ridley

The Moment That Made A 14-Year-Old Schoolgirl Turn FGM Campaigner

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK

At just 14 years old, Fahma Mohamed discovered something shocking. The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) was taking place in her own comm...

The Girl Generation: Together To End FGM

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
June Eric-Udorie

Bringing an end to FGM in one generation is now a growing reality. Across Africa, whole communities are standing up and saying no to the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

How the Girl Generation Came to Be

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Efua Dorkenoo

The issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) requires urgent action: more than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM - the equivalent of Kenya's entire population almost three times over...

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

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 16.09.2014 | 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.

Not Sexist to Leave Male Circumcision Out of the Debate and Only Focus on Female Genital Mutilation

Leyla Hussein | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Leyla Hussein

I do not agree with the practice of circumcising a male baby for non-medical reasons, as babies and children cannot give consent. Having said that, I cannot accept a comparison of male circumcision to FGM. The practices themselves, as well as the intent behind them, are fundamentally different.

Louise Ridley

Teach Five-Year-Olds How To Object To Genital Mutilation, Says Top NSPCC Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Children as young as five should be taught about female genital mutilation (FGM) in school to empower them to "protest" their parents' plans, the NSPC...

'A complex cultural form of child abuse'

Huffington Post/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK

Police are investigating rising numbers of female genital mutilation (FGM) cases without charging people with offences, according to new figures. D...

Girl Summit Wasn't Just a Celebration

Leyla Hussein | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

And now for something completely different: a (mostly) serious and (mostly) optimistic blog. On Tuesday the 22nd of July the Prime Minister David Cameron hosted the first International Girl Summit to mobilise support for the fight against FGM and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

Police Arrest Pair Suspected Of 'Procuring' 11-Year-Old For FGM

PA | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK

Two people have been arrested for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM). A 72-year-old man was stopped by police at Heathrow Airport...

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 ...

Poorna Bell

'There Was Music And Dancing' - Survivors Tell Us The Brutal Truth About FGM

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us have preconceptions about FGM (female genital mutilation) or we just don't really understand what it is. Girl Summit 2014, which is attende...

Girl Summit Could Be the Beginning of a New Global Story

Mark Goldring | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

This summit, attended by Heads of State, ministers and experts from all over the world is an opportunity to do so. While I am there, I will be thinking of women like Aliah from Yemen, who tried to run away from her new 30-year-old husband when she was 16, only to have her family beat her and force her back. Years later, those same widespread beliefs and traditions held in her community then forced her to marry off her own 16-year-old daughter. As we gather at the summit we must remember stories like these. These practices violate the fundamental rights of women and girls. Making child marriage and FGM illegal is critical. But it's not enough if nothing is done to challenge strong-held beliefs passed down through generations.

FGM - 'An Act of Love'

Geraldine Bedell | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Geraldine Bedell

This week, David Cameron hosts the Girl Summit 2014.... The spirit of all this is all very estimable. An estimated 66,000 women in the UK and 125million around the world have been cut and more are at risk. Unfortunately, it could easily turn out to be counter-productive.

When Summer Joy Turns Into a Nightmare

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

The Girl Summit will hopefully lead to meaningful action to end FGM and child marriage in a generation but we don't need to wait for the output from this gathering to do the right thing. Girls need our help and protection this summer, this week and this day.

We Are Facing A FGM 'National Scandal', MPs Warn

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

The failure to tackle the growing practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK is a "national scandal" that has resulted in the preventable a...

Time to Get It Right for Girls

Tanya Barron | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

In more than two decades in the charity sector, I've been involved in a lot of campaigns about a lot of different issues. I've spent my professional life fighting for the rights of the most vulnerable children in the world and in that time we've take many strides forward in improving healthcare, sanitation and education systems. But it's rare that I've felt so optimistic about the potential for change as I do about the chance we have in the coming months and years to get it right for the world's girls.

We Can Free Young Women Across the World From Violence and Poverty

Hardeep Singh Kohli | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Hardeep Singh Kohli

In India we witness the horrific killings of two teenage girls and far too many reports of random, senseless rapes. Lives are being devastated, families torn asunder, communities shattered. Enough. Time to raise our game, raise our gaze and raise our children. Properly...

Nigerian FGM Mother To Be Deported With Daughters On Tuesday

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK

A mother who fears her two daughters will be subjected to female genital mutilation in her native Nigeria has been told she will be deported on Tuesda...

It May Not Be Over For Nigerian Mother Fighting Deportation

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

A Nigerian mother who claims her two small daughters will have their genitals mutilated if they are deported back to Lagos has had a temporary repriev...

Jessica Elgot

Virgin Accused Of Hypocrisy Over Deportation Of Mum Whose Daughters Face FGM

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

Richard Branson and Virgin Airlines have been accused of hypocrisy after refusing to block the extradition of an asylum seeker and her two children, w...

Female Genital Mutilation: Not in Religion's Name, Not in Our Name

Farooq Aftab | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK
Farooq Aftab

Within any context, FGM is a vile and inhumane practice. For God-fearing Muslims, however, it strikes a particularly painful cord given that a small minority of the Muslim religious elite and their ill-guided flocks manipulate the peaceful teachings of Islam to socially, morally and even physically force women to undergo this harmful procedure.

If Afusat Must Go Back, Her Little Daughters Are at Real Risk of Forcible FGM

Anj Handa | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Anj Handa

I've been supporting an amazing lady called Afusat since the New Year. With her solicitor's help, we have followed all procedures correctly. Fresh evidence and recent case law was submitted. Yet two weeks later, a short response came back, to say that her case had 'No merit', that she cannot appeal from within the UK and that she must return to Nigeria.

Men Versus FGM

Leyla Hussein | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

Hold onto your horses, this is not a men-bashing blog; I just want to offer some (hopefully) constructive criticism on why many men shy away from discussing FGM and all other forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG)... Before you attack me, I'd like to make it clear that I don't believe all men are guilty from shying away from such conversations and I certainly don't believe that all men who do avoid them condone FGM and other forms of VAWG. The point I want to make is that men need to recognise they have a responsibility to fight against such practices.

Women's Hour Power List Doesn't Have A Single Politician On It

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK

Perhaps tellingly, on the day the number of women in the cabinet dropped to a paltry three, not a single female politician of any colour made it on to...