With national board-level experience of regeneration, science, health, environmental issues, politics and culture, Hilary has worked in many contexts, from Liverpool via London to Prague, New York and Washington DC.
Abandoning natural science as an undergraduate, Hilary turned for the long-term to sociology; she has an M.Sc. in the Sociology of Science and Technology and has been a community health researcher. She now researches economic patriarchy and campaigns relentlessly to make FGM history.
A former American Field Service Scholar, Hilary is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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.
The basic human rights of children must always over-ride the 'cultural' sensitivities of adults. Until nations everywhere perceive FGM not as a custom, but rather as an epidemic which must be addressed by governments as well as community workers, it will continue to blight the lives of millions. Whole communities over generations suffer because of it.
There is no place anywhere, ever for female genital mutilation. But somehow Britain has become the 'capital of FGM' in Europe. Better news is that the UK Government has now pledged up to £35 million towards the global eradication of FGM.
Whether girl or woman, boy or man, you need to 'belong'. You need to feel important to others and connected with them. What you don't need is to be controlled or used by anyone else. Support is very different from social suffocation; sharing is very different from being taken for a dangerous ride.
It's has been quite a week on the human rights front for big news, both national and - has anyone noticed? - international. Not often do we see massive steps towards gender equality coming thick and fast; but that's what's happening just now.
The we-of-the-future will look back uncomprehendingly on the self-serving we-of-the-present and ask despairingly how it came to pass that our leaders were not challenged mightily by us, the electorate, about their failure to address the most pressing issues of our time.
For the sake of all children, and specifically to halt the hurt to an estimated-average 50 children at risk or victims of female genital mutilation in Britain every day of the entire year, we must demand to know right now exactly who in child safe-guarding is responsible for what.
National Farmers' Union and the majority of farmers - but not all - may believe that badger culls will do the trick, and a lot of politicians want to keep the farmers onside. And it will probably pay electoral dividends for a while. But longer term this 'solution' is could even make things worse...
'Summer Holidays are for Fun not Pain' declared the (London) Metropolitan Police Force as school broke up for the Summer 2012 break... A strange but necessary message because, horrifically, thousands, of young British girls are forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) whilst school is out; and some will have died.
Every year upwards of 20,000 young girls in Britain are at risk, or already victim, of female genital mutilation (FGM, or 'cutting'). Yet never has there been a successful court case in the UK against the perpetrators of this barbaric child abuse.
06/06/2012 17:18 BST
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