#Fgm

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.

Immigration and the Importance of Maintaining Our Romance With the EU

David Ready | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Ready

With Immigration remaining a significant area of debate in the UK, I assessed the pros and cons of immigration in my interview with Private Law Editor, Amy Ling, exploring the possibilities that immigration allows to students, how it is affects our current housing market and the issue of whether migrants should adapt to British values.

We Are Part of the Generation That Says No to FGM

Lisa Zimmerman | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Lisa Zimmerman

Through their dissemination, the young people have reached over 1,000 girls directly, and many, many more through their films, educational resources and music videos. In the last 12 months, we've provided training and advice to over 2,400 frontline professionals and other adults across the UK. Raising public awareness is key to all this change and media plays a critical role. The Comic Relief documentary for BBC Three, Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special is an excellent example of this and we are all hoping it will reach a new audience.

12 Issues Designed To Silence, Shame And Bully Women In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

This feature has been specially commissioned by Jameela Jamil as part of her guest editorship of HuffPost UK Lifestyle for International Women's Day. ...

Feminism Is on the Move Again, But There Is Still a Lot of Work to Do

Natasha Walter | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Natasha Walter

The way that we speak about women's experiences from female genital mutilation to pornography to sexual violence to street harassment has undergone a profound shift as feminist ideas have moved more firmly into the mainstream. But that doesn't mean that it's time to rest on our laurels.

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

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 18.04.2015 | 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 14.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 08.04.2015 | 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.