#Fgm

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 09.04.2015 | 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.

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

Felicity Gerry | Posted 06.04.2015 | 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 08.04.2015 | 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 08.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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.