Hilary Burrage

Author of two books on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)


Hilary Burrage is a freelance sociologist and writer, author of
Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective and
Female Mutilation: The truth behind the horrifying global practice of female genital mutilation
- books which won her a 2016 Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Award.

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.

Hilary tweets primarily as @HilaryBurrage.
Her website is here.
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The Sande Society, Sororities and Sex Education: Why PSHE is Important

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.
14/02/2013 13:37 GMT

Cynical Silo Thinking Is Not Policy for the Green Challenges Ahead

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.
28/10/2012 18:14 GMT

The Problem Isn't Badgers, It's (Politically Led?) Bad Science

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...
19/09/2012 17:56 BST

Female Genital Mutilation: Why Does This 'Holiday' Horror Endure?

'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.
16/09/2012 21:18 BST