Female 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.
Over the years, with my background in health, education, diversity/ equality and the welfare of young people, I have become increasingly involved in urgent efforts to make FGM history.
My more recent reports and blogs, which cover many aspects of FGM, particularly in relation to the UK, are located on this website:
* here *.
I am currently writing a commissioned book, Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: a UK perspective, which is due to be completed in 2014.
If you would like to become more active in the campaign to eradicate FGM in the UK, please feel free to contact me via this dedicated NoFGM.UK email address – or offer your support / connect via any of the #NoFGM links below.
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.
A model motion which, appropriately adapted to suit context, can be proposed for consideration, awareness-raising and debate by political and community organisations and other interests is located here (towards the bottom of that page).
Please add your support to these e-petitions (open to everyone to sign):
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 STOP FGM debate >>>>>>