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I'm An Activist And Survivor: Now We Must Scale Up Efforts To End FGM

Diakhoumba Gassama | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Diakhoumba Gassama

To eradicate FGM and other harmful traditional practices we will have to be able to provide and access comprehensive sexuality education, interventions which are among the primary targets of what the Trump administration is proposing.

Ending FGM Will Only Be Possible If We Increase Funding To Front-line Activists

Anber Raz | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Anber Raz

Thanks in large part to the work of TNI and other local organisations, Kenya is now leading the way globally in terms of ending this abuse. Prevalence has fallen to 11% for teenage girls - significantly lower than for middle aged adult women, where the figure is closer to 50%.

FGM Is Nothing More Than A Human Rights Violation That Entrenches Inequality Between The Sexes And Ruins Young Girls Lives

Maria Caulfield | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Maria Caulfield

The World Health Organisation has said that the practice of FGM "can end in one generation" and that is why it is so important we get involved in International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. It is sad that we have to have such a day, but it gives us an opportunity to raise awareness and unite in eradicating this barbaric practice.

Grandmothers Can Help Us Stop FGM - So Why Do Grassroots Projects Often Ignore Them?

Dr Anneke Newman | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Dr Anneke Newman

By understanding these social structures and involving grandmothers as allies, the programme has not only succeeded in reducing FGM, but has also increased older women's sense of self-confidence, and their feeling of being respected and useful in their own community

An Elephant In The Room

Emmanuel Speaks | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Emmanuel Speaks

Emmanuel Speaks is a spoken word artist from East London. In his performances, Emmanuel tackles emotional and often difficult subjects. In this vlog for The Huffington Post UK he performs an original poem about Female Genital Mutilation.

Growing Global Movement To End FGM

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

Action to end female genital mutilation (FGM) has come a long way since pioneering anti-FGM campaigner Efua Dorkenoo OBE first spoke of it as a violat...

The 'Cutting Season': To End FGM (And Other Violence Against Women) We Need The Men On-Side

Hilary Burrage | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Burrage

Human Rights Day, 10 December, was the final date of the United Nations 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign - and also the effect...

How The UK Border Force Are Trying To Prevent Vulnerable Girls Being Subjected To FGM Over The Christmas Break

Amelia Nice | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Amelia Nice

Officers spoke to passengers on four flights today. But as school break up thousands of flights are leaving this country and with them thousands of girls some of whom are at vulnerable age and headed to countries of high risk.

Mandatory Reporting On Patients: Should Doctors Be Policing Our Communities?

Dr Pallavi Bradshaw | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Dr Pallavi Bradshaw

Thorough consideration must be given to how all of these risks can be mitigated and the role and judgement of doctors - those who are best placed to support their patients - must form a key part of the conversation.

A Rebel Against The Chastity Belt

Sufiya Ahmed | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Sufiya Ahmed

In Somalia it is called 'Pharaohs' because it was introduced three thousand years ago by the Pharaohs. I have type 3. It was done to me so I could be presented with proof as a virgin to my husband on my wedding night. It is the husband's prize and it is his job to force himself inside

How One FGM Survivor Is Empowering Others Who've Experienced Sexual Violence

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK

“It almost kills you. From my experience, I almost died and I was out of it for about two days,” Jay K-Frederick tells The Huffington Post UK. At...

People Don't Understand the Problems FGM Causes for Women - I Didn't Even Understand Myself

Hadas | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Hadas

Most people in Eritrea think that if a girl is cut, she will grow up to be a good girl; that she will not bring shame on her family and she will marry well. If a girl is not cut, they think she will grow up to be a 'slut'; a girl who thinks about sex and will not be satisfied by one man.

The True Extent Of FGM In England Revealed For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK

New figures on Female Genital Mutilation reveal there were thousands of cases reported in England last year - the equivalent of 16 cases every day. In...

'A Symbolic Nick'? Offensive and Damaging to FGM Survivors

Sarah Champion | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

The Economist is perpetuating the idea that FGM can be legitimised because it's done as a symbolic act. FGM is an act of a patriarchal society and all forms must be viewed as a serious crime.

No Consent, No Dignity - Why Sky News Was Wrong in Recording FGM Practices

Tracey Wise | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Tracey Wise

All of my friends and family will tell you, I'm a bit 'odd'. I have a tolerance for things that are a little bit ick, a little bit bloody or gruesome and the ability to talk about things that make most people gag at the dinner table. But as anyone who knows any nurse will tell you, it's really not all that odd.

Latest Numbers For FGM Cases In Britain Branded 'Shocking'

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
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Midwives have called for renewed efforts to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) after more than 1,200 cases were recorded across England in just th...

Mother Made FGM Claims Against Ex-Husband As Part Of 'Immigration Scam'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK

A Nigerian illegal immigrant made female genital mutilation allegations against her ex-husband as part of an "immigration scam", a High Court judge ha...

I've Witnessed Radicalisation and I'm Taking Action

Sahib Ullah-Raj | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sahib Ullah-Raj

People like me, a Muslim boy who felt FGM was not my concern, are slowly waking up to the fact that FGM is everybody's business. Grooming is also everybody's business. Radicalisation is also abuse, and it is everybody's business. And because it is everybody's business, it is our duty to fight it - and to protect vulnerable young people.

Has It Become Racist to Condemn FGM?

Sarah Peace | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Peace

FGM, like veiling is not a practice confined to far off lands. FGM continues to be practiced illegally on British born girls, with a case reported in the UK approximately every two hours. If FGM is carried out on a white child in Britain, it will be regarded as criminal - so why does this position shift when a Somali child is violated?

Two Women Killed Every Week In The UK To Domestic Violence

Jessica Onah | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Jessica Onah

Exactly one week after you read this message two women in the UK will be murdered as a result of domestic violence. 42% of women murdered in the UK are as a result of domestic violence. 

What WOW Means to Me

Nimco Ali | Posted 13.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nimco Ali

WOW is all I can say when I look back at the last five years. So much has changed in the conversation about FGM and ending the practice within our lifetime is now a tangible reality. It is hard to believe that for me this journey started on a Saturday morning in one of the back rooms of Southbank Centre.

My Wish for International Women's Day? The End of FGM Once and for All

Louise Bours | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Bours

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day calling for "parity" or a level playing field between men and women. But really, how can there be true parity when young women and girls across the world are still being butchered on the say so of their male masters?

'I Thought Everyone In Britain Underwent FGM'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Najma* was walking home with a friend from school when she asked her if she too had been "cut". "She just gave me a blank stare," the 20-year-old r...

We Have to Include Men If We Want to Win the Fight Against FGM

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

On Saturday 6th February it will be 13 years since the first International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation was marked in Nigeria. Organisations across the globe are continuing to fight FGM every single day and managing to remove some of the shroud of secrecy surrounding the practice...

The Fight to End FGM Is Still Far From Over

Baroness Featherstone | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Featherstone

Our record on bringing perpetrators to justice is woeful - even though we know FGM goes on all the time either here or in the girls' mother countries - both of which are illegal. A prosecution was brought - but the defendant was acquitted and so we are still awaiting our first successful prosecution...