#Fgm

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 16.10.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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 30.09.2015 | 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 23.09.2015 | 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 ...

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'.