Ending Violence Against Girls and Women: What Hope for the Future?

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 25.11.2015 | 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.

How Governments Can Ensure #JusticeForGirls

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

Governments must ensure girls have knowledge of and support in exercising their own rights; a supportive environment where they can voice their concerns without fear of stigma or disbelief; assurance that they will not be re-victimised through a slow legal process; and girl-centred, specialist support services, if and when they are required.

Time and Patience is Needed in the Battle to End FGM - But We Will Win

Christine Alfons | Posted 16.10.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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 30.09.2015 | 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 ...

Without Radical Change Equality Will Forever Be Something Dreamt of, Not Something Experienced

Nimco Ali | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics
Nimco Ali

At the age of seven I was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). This did not happen because I was African or Muslim, but because I was female. I came back from that summer trip to Somalia to continue to live in the United Kingdom. By the age of 11, I had worked out that FGM was rooted in patriarchy and assumed that those tasked with leading this country would recognise this too, and care enough to protect girls like me. I also assumed that by the time I grew up I would be paid equally to men and be able to have a baby without affecting my career. But the older I got the more I lost faith that - without radical change - this equality would be something I would ever actually experience.

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...

Our Commitment to Stamp Out FGM

Caroline Dinenage | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Dinenage

I want to make sure that anyone involved in this horrific practice, will be behind bars for a long-time. This is why someone in breach of a protection order can face up to five years in prison. This is in addition to laws already brought in - someone found guilty of assisting or performing FGM can face a sentence of up to fourteen years, whilst someone with responsibility of a child who has FGM performed on them, but failed to prevent the act could also face a sentence of up to seven years.

Bedfordshire Police Secure First FGM Protection Order

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK

Bedfordshire Police has secured the first ever female genital mutilation protection order today - under a brand new law - to stop two young girls bein...

Why Two Former FGM 'Cutters' Chose to Stop This Horrifying Practice in Kenya

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

As we packed up our kit in the hot sun and Mary showed us the way back through the village and scarce trees to our car I thought about how hard it had been to hear Jane and Mary's stories, but was wowed by their powerful determination to end FGM and tell others about its dangers. Mary's final words to me are ones I'll never forget...

We All Need to Be Alert to the Summer Holiday FGM Risk to Children

John Cameron | Posted 12.07.2015 | 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.

New App Allows Teens To Get Anonymous Advice About FGM

Huffington Post UK | Sarah Gough | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The first app designed to tackle the problem of FGM in Britain has been launched by Coventry University, allowing users to seek help anonymously. F...

Young People Aren't the 'Leaders of Tomorrow': They're More Than That

Tanya Barron | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

At Plan, we've supported young people who have intervened to stop child marriages in Bangladesh, youth activists who have helped raise the legal age of marriage in Malawi, and in Pakistan, young campaigners successfully making sure that their provincial governments deliver on a promise of free and compulsory education.

Against FGM:The Gutsy and Determined Girls Standing Up for Their Rights

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

I interviewed girls and young women who ran through wastelands climbing trees to hide from wild animals, who survived by eating shrubs and even dirt in order to escape. But, why am I talking about this now? Well, it's what's called the 'the cutting season'.

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...

Am I a Joke Feminist?

Jessie Thompson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jessie Thompson

I have strong feminist views simply because I don't understand why, in 2015, when you can do things like print out a spare pair of kidneys, or have your Amazon delivery float through the sky into your lap, women still aren't equal in our society.

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.

FGM, Let's Not Get Distracted

Aimee Gander | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Aimee Gander

To be told that performing consensual piercings on female genitals is going to be considered FGM is ridiculous and I think distracts from the real issue.

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...

The Woman With the 'Wooden Vagina'

Agnes Pareyio | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Agnes Pareyio

The changing attitudes have to do with FGM now being considered a form of gender based violence and a violation of human rights. Although it is not automatically understood this way in certain parts of the country where FGM is still deeply entrenched in culture, we see more people understand the concept that even young girls have rights.

This International Women's Day We Should Celebrate the Women Fighting FGM at Home and Abroad

Rita Lobo | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Rita Lobo

Because of entrenched cultural values, these women don't often feel empowered to seek medical help to have FGM reversed, or even to challenge the system and end up perpetrating the same violence on their daughters. The only way to break the FGM cycle is through education and engagement with the communities that still practice it.

Girls Should Have the Right to Say 'You're Not Cutting My Parts Up'

Tolu Aderinto | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Tolu Aderinto

We are so excited to be part of the BBC Three Comic Relief documentary, Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special. We have been on a journey trying to publicise FGM. To go from learning about it amongst ourselves in a little room to talking about it on national TV is really exciting and we're all really proud of ourselves.

On International Women's Day Enough Is Enough

Meg Munn | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

In the words of Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women - "Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation we face globally, whether in times of peace, conflict or post-conflict transition". We cannot allow this to go on any longer.