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FGM flowerFemale Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a cruel legacy of patriarchal societies and traditions stretching back over millennia. Yet still it occurs, even in Britain and the developed world: in the UK over 20,000 girls are thought to be at high risk or victims annually.

You can read about what FGM entails and what its consequences are here.  It is a complex and life-threatening custom which will require multiple approaches at many levels before it can finally be eradicated.

I have written a textbook (handbook / primer),

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective (Ashgate, 2015),

which considers pathways to eradicating FGM in the Western world.  A summary of the book is below, together with details of how to order it.

Many readers of this book will I hope have information and views to share.  I have therefore created a website for discussion of the issues considered in my book Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation, which can be accessed  here .

I am currently also completing another book, Female Mutilation (New Holland, 2016), on the experiences of about 70 survivors and campaigners around five continents who are involved in the fight against FGM.

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Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation

[Ashgate order info for this book]
15.07.14 FGM Book1 jacket jpegThis ground-breaking handbook details the present situation with regard to female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain, referring also to other Western nations where FGM occurs. It scrutinises current pathways to eradicating this dangerous, sometimes lethal, form of child abuse and gender-related violence.The cultural and belief systems giving rise to FGM are complex. Further, FGM is an intensely intimate matter often imposed on young and vulnerable children. Approaches to its eradication therefore demand considerable human insight and a competent grasp of inter-/cross-agency working.

It is also vital that everyone concerned – whether in caring and parental, safeguarding or other roles – understands fully that, regardless of custom or belief, FGM is a serious crime. The vulnerabilities and need for protection of victims and potential victims are paramount, but these pressing priorities do not lessen the requirement that all aspects of FGM be dealt with straightforwardly in accordance with the law.

This book makes the case urgently for developing a shared, coherent model – a multi-disciplinary paradigm articulated at the highest level – as the basis to achieve the eradication of FGM.

The text will be required reading for health, legal, educational and social services professionals, as well as researchers, policy-makers, school governors, journalists and other concerned citizens.

  • Contents: Preface; Introduction; Demography and epidemiology of FGM; Socio-economic analysis; Perceptions and beliefs over time; Men, women and power; Clinical issues; Legislation and governance; Prevention – formal approaches; Prevention – communities; Prevention – information and education; Prevention – social services and multi-agency work; UK politics and the media; Will FGM in the UK be eradicated in a decade?; Further reading; Multimedia resources; Organisations; Appendix; Index.
  • About the Author: Hilary Burrage is a freelance sociologist and community activist. She has been a senior lecturer in health and social care and a university research associate in community health as well as a non-executive director of Merseyside NHS ambulance trust and a trustee of the Liverpool school of tropical medicine.
  • Reviews: Not since Efua Dorkenoo’s Cutting the Rose (1994) has a monograph on female genital mutilation outshone Hilary Burrage’s. Outraged at ineffective child protection, Burrage provides a comprehensive, scholarly yet accessible guide – among the best ever to deal with FGM – to professionals and all people of conscience.’
    Tobe Levin von Gleichen, Harvard University, USA and University of Oxford, UK

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There is a full explanation of FGM here and a series of articles (by me) on FGM  here.

The #NoFGM Daily News carries reports of all items shared on Twitter that day about FGM – brings many organisations and developments into focus; subscription is free.

The newsletter NoFGM_USA carries daily reports from the United States (also free).

Our Twitter accounts are @NoFGM_UK, @NoFGMBookUK and @FGMStatement. Our tag is #NoFGM, or #EndFGM

Our Facebook page is #NoFGM – a crime against humanity  and our website is  NoFGM (UK).

And, finally…..

Please add your support to these e-petitions (open to everyone to sign):

UK Government: Enforce the UK law which forbids FGM (Female Genital so-called ‘Cutting’) and

FGM abolitionists internationally: Support the Feminist Statement on Female Genital Mutilation

PS: This page concerns only female genital mutilation; comments concerning male circumcision (MGM) will not be accepted here, but are welcomed as contributions – or will be transferred – to debate on this website’s dedicated MGM post page.

I look forward to your contributions to the #EndFGM debate.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2013 22:00

    It was needed a British English Lady, a real Angel that would fight for any good cause. God bless you Hilary!

  2. Angelika permalink
    January 30, 2014 10:31

    Keep up the great work and we are here to support you! Angelika

  3. April 9, 2014 00:44

    I find FGM to be barbaric. Calling it circumcision is like calling castration a close shave. In fact, FGM is castration. And I say this as a man who, because of cancer, was basically castrated. Probably, FGM is worse because of the scarring and lifelong medical problems. Not having testicles seems minor in comparison to the pictures I’ve seen.

  4. Karima Amin permalink
    March 21, 2015 03:44

    Hello miss Hilary

    Thank you soo much for doing your part in fighting this inhumane and barbaric practice. I and many surviver thank and appreciate you.

    • March 21, 2015 08:11

      Thank you Karima. I wish I could do more; but with many others too I hope we can all together make progress quickly now to eradicate FGM forever.

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