Female Genital Mutilation

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 21.07.2014 | 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 21.07.2014 | 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 15.07.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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 13.06.2014 | 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...

First UK Prosecution for FGM Is a Watershed Moment

Efua Dorkenoo | Posted 23.05.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 07.05.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 29.04.2014 | 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...