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Why Are Countries Taking So Long to Change Their #Unsexylaws?

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

Justice is the foundation stone for equality and without it, women and girls are enormously disadvantaged politically, economically and socially. At a minimum, legal equality gives women and girls a level playing field from which to build their capabilities and make meaningfully contributions to society.

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.

Five Characteristics of Women Who Give Back

Nikki Armytage | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki Armytage

Those who give back are calmer, more focused and their presence is more powerful. They are ready to take on anything, nothing is too big. They are called to lead. Life begins to flow...

Zero Tolerance to FGM

Clare Moody MEP | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics
Clare Moody MEP

As parliamentarians, it is our responsibility to continue the work of Aissatou and Fahma. To deliver real legislative action and lasting change to protect and prevent more girls becoming victims of this appalling abuse, here and throughout the World.

Why the Doctor Was Acquitted in the UK's First FGM Trial

Felicity Gerry | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

The UK must empower women and girls to be free from the harmful effects of female genital mutilation (FGM) by ending this global practice. Prosecuting criminal cases must be seen as part of the package of effort necessary to achieve this...

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.

FGM: In My Country of Somaliland 97% of Girls Are Cut - I've Saved Some But What About the Rest?

Sadia Abdi Alin | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Sadia Abdi Alin

I am speaking out because I believe in breaking the culture of silence that is so prevalent in my country. Women and girls are mutilated and they also risk a lifelong sentence of pain, infection, infertility and even death... Only when this violation is clearly banned by law and people are held accountable and fear the penalties will it end.

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.

How Britain's Landmark First FGM Prosecution Became An Unwinnable 'Show Trial'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK

Story contains graphic surgical descriptions An NHS doctor cleared of performing female genital mutilation (FGM) was "hung out to dry" in a trial t...

Glamour Models Are Really P****d Off At The End Of Page 3

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK

Former glamour model Jodie Marsh has led the backlash against The Sun’s apparent decision to axe Page 3. Marsh, who has appeared on the aforemen...

So What Have Politicians Done for the UK End FGM Campaign In 2014?

Hilary Burrage | Posted 01.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

In 2015 could the emerging FGM Unit please find some serious longer term money, tighten up the loose ends and tell us who is ultimately in charge? Then there'll be a decent chance FGM will end in Britain.

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.

Why We Need International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Around three million women in the UK experience some sort of violence. If that sounds like a routine statistic, let's name it so that it really hi...

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...

Fried Clitoris at the FGM Café

Felicity Gerry | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

The campaigners have led the way where Governments have feared to tread. Efua's legacy ought to be a world without FGM and I am proud that women barristers are helping her to achieve this. What can you do? Talk about vaginas. I did - on a global scale.

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...

A Tribute to Efua Dorkenoo

Jane Ellison | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Ellison

Efua was a truly inspirational woman, and it was a great honour to work with her. We will continue to remember her, in our work to achieve her vision to end FGM in a generation. Surely there can be no greater tribute to her than this - that we work tirelessly to protect future generations of the girls she cared so deeply about.

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.

Mama Efua's Dream Will Come True Without Her

Hekate Papadaki | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK
Hekate Papadaki

We are left with the responsibility to carry the task through, but Efua has paved the way. Efua was loved like few people I've known and she has changed the lives of more girls than would ever come to know her. She will be greatly missed and the thoughts of all of us are with her family.

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...

It's Time to 'Walk the Walk' for Girls' Rights

Tanya Barron | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Growing numbers of people are becoming aware - and becoming angry - of injustices that are based simply on sex, both in the UK and worldwide. Along with high profile celebrity interventions, social media campaigns driven by young people are bringing these issues to the fore, while on issues such as Female Genital Mutilation, taboos that have long remained intact are being broken. Girls' and women's rights are on the radar of politicians, too.

International Day of the Girl - Time to Face Up to Violence

Seema Malhotra | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Seema Malhotra

Somewhere in the world, at this very moment, someone is being forced into a marriage, someone is being subjected to FGM, someone is being raped and abused, someone is being trafficked, someone is being denied an education, or the freedom to do and say what they want. That someone is likely to be a girl, and it is happening because she is a girl... Gender inequalities in terms of power are deeply entrenched and it will take sustained effort to shift public attitudes.