The Guardian Newspaper Readers’ Campaign To Eradicate FGM *Globally*
In January 2014 the Guardian Newspaper is to launch a campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). This will include not just reports about what is happening right now, but also asking how FGM can be stopped across the globe within a generation, and what we can all do to make this happen. In preparation for this campaign, the Guardian is inviting people in Britain and around the world to advise on how to abolish the practice forever.
We need your views! (Please contribute via the Comments box, below.)
We want to know what you think the Guardian should be asking their print and on-line readership to do, in support of the campaign to eradicate FGM.
Our aim is to confer with as many experts and concerned citizens as possible, to arrive at five recommendations each for UK domestic, and for global, action by Guardian readers.
** To share your thoughts on actions globally, please COMMENT BELOW (end of / below full post). **.
Ideas and Comments on global action so far are summarised HERE.
To suggest domestic (UK) actions please post your comments HERE.
Watch this space. We shall take the debate wherever it needs to go.
It is thought there are about 130 million girls and women globally who have experienced female genital mutilation, and that perhaps 30 million girls and young women around the world are still subjected to FGM every year. UNICEF reports (Feb. 2013) that more than 90 per cent of women aged 15–49 years have been cut in Egypt (91%), Djibouti (93%), Guinea (96%) and Somalia (98%).
There has been some reduction in numbers in some countries, but progress has generally been very slow, and in some places the incidence of FGM may even have increased.
> Do you have advice or ideas about how this appalling harm, often inflicted on young girls and babies, can be stopped across the globe?
> Do you have experience of FGM, personally or as a member of a community in which it occurs, either in the UK or elsewhere?
> Are you a practitioner who encounters the challenges of FGM in the course of your work? Maybe a teacher, clinician, development worker, police / legal officer, social worker or youth leader, whether in the UK or somewhere else?
> Do you think governments and other organisations are doing enough to abolish FGM world wide?
> Have you found it difficult, maybe even dangerous, to confront or deal with FGM as you would wish? Or are you simply a concerned citizen who wants to see FGM eradicated?
Maybe you have ideas for action such as:
- A letter writing campaign, to ask for firm action by specific government departments (the Guardian can provide contact details) in countries where FGM continues and appears to be tolerated.
- Encourage research to illuminate the economic cost/s of FGM, to those who are harmed, to their families and communities, and to their nations.
- A ‘name and shame’ or rankings campaign by bloggers and/or the Guardian to highlight places (sometimes regions rather than whole nations) where FGM and other harmful traditional practices still most frequently occur, perhaps with an emphasis on universal human rights.
- Domestic pressure on the UK Foreign Office, DiFD etc, to bring forward a broad range of strategies to eradicate FGM. (What do the relevant NGOs recommend? Should, and could, their proposals be the basis of UK Government strategy abroad? What are the roles of the United Nations, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation? What about the estimated half-a-million women and girls with FGM in Europe?)
- Insistence that, as UNICEF and WHO ask, FGM is referred to by politicians and commentators everywhere as ‘mutilation’ – at least in all formal and wider public discourse.
Would these suggestions be useful? Or do you have other ideas? Whatever, we’d love to hear from you.
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** To share your thoughts on global actions please COMMENT BELOW.**
[To suggest domestic (UK) actions please post your comments HERE.]
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