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

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 06.02.2016 | 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 06.02.2016 | 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...

Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in London

Andrew Boff | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Boff

FGM is a practice that would seem out of place in the dark ages, and yet it is being inflicted on young people living in our city today. Its frequency is a worrying phenomenon that cannot be ignored. Yet despite its apparent prevalence in the UK, not a single conviction for the illegal practice has ever been achieved.

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 16.10.2016 | 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 08.10.2016 | 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 29.09.2016 | 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 22.09.2016 | 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 ...