Female Genital Mutilation

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

Hazel Barrett | Posted 12.02.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 That is an outdated worldview which must be broken down.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 05.02.2015 | 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.

Egyptian FGM Doctor Acquitted Over Death Of Girl, 13

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK

A court has acquitted the first doctor brought to trial in Egypt for carrying out an illegal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure that led to a 1...

Sara C Nelson

The Fearless Campaigner Whose Islamic Faith Spurs Her To Break The Brutal Cycle Of FGM

HuffingtonPost.com | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is running its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on t...

Efua Dorkenoo: The Woman Who Never Stopped

June Eric-Udorie | Posted 20.12.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 15.11.2014 | 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.