Female Genital Mutilation

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

Anj Handa | Posted 23.04.2014 | 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 17.04.2014 | 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...

First UK Prosecution for FGM Is a Watershed Moment

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Efua Dorkenoo

The public is increasingly engaged and motivated to act. The relevant policy is in place and front line professionals are being slowly equipped with the tools and information they need to ensure that FGM is streamlined into their child safeguarding procedures. There is no reason to continue to fail our girls.

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...

In Response to Your Doubts About International Women's Day

Polly Courtney | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Courtney

We already have a great network of organisations and individuals working to achieve this through educational, vocational and mentoring schemes, but more support is needed - both financial and on the ground. We need more men to get involved too, as these are problems that affect us all. Things won't happen overnight, but I believe that change is possible

David Cameron Invites Inspirational Women to Help Him Get a Job Done

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Dotiwala

The most famous front door in the world has got to be the UK Prime Ministers abode. That huge black door, with the policeman standing guard sullenly outside, is recognised globally.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

Abortion and Women's Other Secrets: What Do We Do With Our Shame?

Paula Coston | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

There are statistics, news stories and articles everywhere about women made ashamed and guilty by secrets: singledom, childlessness, genital mutilation, forced marriage, physical or sexual or emotional abuse, menstrual conditions, the size and shape of their labia...The list goes on.

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.

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

We Must End FGM Now and Give Girls a Future

Nigel Chapman | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

The prevalence of FGM varies between regions of Guinea-Bissau, depending on the distribution of different ethnic groups who consider the practice part of their ethnic identity, traditional and religious beliefs. And this is the crux of the issue. FGM is so bound up with the culture of many groups that it becomes hard, and controversial, to tackle it without seeming to undermine the very foundations of that historic culture.

Will 2014 Be Another Year of Tears or the Beginning of Real Hope That We Will See an End to FGM?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Later this week I am travelling to East Africa and I will spend a month meeting with anti-FGM campaigners, representatives from governments and non-governmental organisations working on development programmes and/or violence against women initiatives...

How the UK Is Leading the Global Fight Against FGM

Justine Greening | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

Violence against girls and women is a global pandemic. One in three women is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime, a statistic that shames us all. It is the most widespread form of systemic abuse and there is no evidence that levels are decreasing. It is an issue that the Huffington Post has been committed to highlighting and has been the subject of many recent Parliamentary debates. MP Bill Cash is currently taking an excellent Bill through the parliamentary process that if it becomes law will legally require DFID to makes sure that gender equality is considered before providing aid.

Politicians at Every Level Must Join the Fight Against FGM

Tim Farron | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), surely, is one area where it is clear that politicians at whatever level must send out a strong message that this appalling practise cannot continue. So I was understandably outraged to learn that in a vote before Christmas, four Conservatives MEPs - Marta Andreasen, Nirj Deva, Sajjad Karim and Timothy Kirkhope - voted against a European Parliament resolution condemning FGM. Several Conservative and UKIP MEPs also failed to back the resolution by abstaining. This, in my view, shows politics at its worst, letting political point-scoring on the EU ruin a chance to be a strong voice for vulnerable girls fearing barbaric mutilation.

Acknowledging the Violence

Leyla Hussein | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

I want to say a massive thank you to all of you who supported our epetition and helped us reach over 100,000 signatures. The great British public stood with survivors and recognized the importance of this campaign. You have spoken out to say that FGM is child abuse and one of the worst forms of violence against women and you have asked the Government to put an end to it.

FGM Campaigners Reach 100,000 Signatures Needed for Parliamentary Debate

Dexter Dias QC | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Dexter Dias QC

When the moment finally arrived, Leyla Hussein was asleep. Since July last year, along with her anti-FGM colleagues, she's been tirelessly campaigning to secure the 100,000 signatures necessary to qualify her petition for a Parliamentary debate on Female Genital Mutilation. Then at about 4am on Friday morning, the campaign finally crossed that particular finishing line.

My Love Letter

Leyla Hussein | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

The only man who ever wrote me beautiful letters was my dad, when we first moved to the UK and he was stuck back home in the Somali civil war, may his soul rest in peace. But for years I joked that I could use a love letter from a man proclaiming undying devotion... So I decided I should make the first step in proclaiming my love. Not towards Prince Charming, of course, but towards myself.

FGM: A Muslim Issue?

Leyla Hussein | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

The making of The Cruel Cut documentary was one of the most challenging tasks I've ever undertaken in my anti-FGM campaigning. My aim has always been to teach the British public the effects of FGM, and how we should all make sure we protect our girls from this vile practice. I feel we achieved that and much more. But the response from the less well-intentioned viewers was to say, 'this is a Muslim issue.' It made me think. Had my message implied that FGM was purely an Islamic affair?

Circumcision: One Cut Too Far

James Snell | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
James Snell

This rank hypocrisy on behalf of those who would not draw parallels between male and female genital cutting is strong evidence to the theory which holds that people can get away with almost anything - regardless of how brutal and cruel it may be - if only they justify it with a divine mandate, and enough history to confer respectability.

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...

When Is It a Choice?

Leyla Hussein | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

If an African girl wanted FGM we would be outraged, and rightly so. Why would we cut girls to control their sexuality and satisfy men? We can all agree on this. Yet when a girl from a non-FGM practicing community wants to be cut, trimmed or tucked we're told it's her choice. Aren't both examples of cultural coercion? Are we saying one happens to adults and the other to children? To some extend, that's true. But there are nine-year old girls, accompanied by their mothers, asking for cosmetic surgery on the NHS. Girls with normal genitals. Confused? Me too.

Like FGM, Cut Foreskins Should Be a Feminist Issue

The Conversation UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

The reasons for male circumcision also vary: for Muslims it's sunnah, a practice instituted by the Prophet Muhammad; for Jews it's a sign of God's covenant with Abraham. It's also cultural: it marks an entrance into manhood and is also carried out because of perceived social or health advantages...

Britain Is Failing Victims of Female Genital Mutilation

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tess Finch-Lees

A few weeks ago, Betty caused controversy by speaking out about the disturbing prevalence of FGM in the UK. She maintains that it's not uncommon for babies and young girls to be taken overseas to be "stitched up" or attend "cutting parties" in the UK, where group rates are offered to reduce costs.

'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...