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Hilary Burrage is the author of two books on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM):

15.07.14 FGM Book1 jacket jpegEradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective (Ashgate/Routledge, 2015) is a book about pathways to eradicating FGM in the UK and a detailed handbook-textbook which covers global and historic/political issues from a socio-economic as well as educational, legal and medical aspects. There is an accompanying website for updates and a Twitter account [book available from the publisher; or from Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com (inc. e-format) and high street booksellers].

16.01.22 Female Mutilation book pic (3)Female Mutilation: The truth behind the horrifying global practice of female genital mutilation (New Holland Publishers, 2016) comprises 70+ ‘narratives’ from survivors, family and community members, activists and professionals in two dozen countries, five continents, also with an accompanying website to bring all the contributors together, and a Twitter handle [book available from the Guardian bookshop; or from Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com, or high street booksellers].

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation was launched on 4 November 2015 at The Guardian offices in London (introductory talk here) and both books were presented at a reception hosted by the Norwegian Embassy for the Inter-African Committee FGM Conference at the United Nations in Geneva, on 10 May 2016.

Reviews of Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation:
> Hilary Burrage has written the most definitive book ever on FGM.  An invaluable tool to help eradicate it worldwide. A personal triumph.  (The Guardian)
> … Outraged at ineffective child protection, Burrage provides a comprehensive, scholarly yet accessible guide – the first ethically correct textbook in the world about FGM and among the best ever – to professionals and all people of conscience.  (Tobe Levin von Gleichen, Harvard and Oxford Universities)
> The best book ever written about the sensitive subject of FGM : Amazon.com ***** (Sayydah Garrett, Pastoralist Child Foundation

Reviews of Female Mutilation: The truth behind the horrifying global practice of female genital mutilation:
> This is the essential companion volume to Hilary Burrage's 'Eradicating Female Mutilation'. While the latter provides a broad and deep perspective on the practice of FGM, this book gives space for the voices of victims and practitioners in the field. The author is to be commended for bringing together such a wide range of personal narratives... to consign a vile abuse of women to the dustbin of history. You will not fail to be engaged... by these accounts, even though some are harrowing. "Female Mutilation' is a landmark contribution to the literature on FGM.: Amazon ***** (Ron Stewart and another reader)

Hilary is a consultant sociologist and journalist. This is Hilary's professional website, to share thoughts on sociological analysis, social policy and good practice.

Special £5 Offer On Hilary Burrage’s ‘FEMALE MUTILATION’ Book

June 1, 2018

New Holland Publishers have agreed a Special Offer on my book, FEMALE MUTILATION: The truth behind the horrifying global practice of female genital mutilation.
The book has over 70 personal contributions from survivors and #EndFGM campaigners in 24 countries across 5 continents, and has been honoured with a Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Award. It demonstrates very clearly that FGM beliefs and practices vary hugely around the globe, but always the underlying theme is patriarchy incarnate.  You can review selected content   here.

Further information about the book and its many distinguished contributors, and reviews of Female Mutilation, can be read in this post.

The special offer price – available to individuals, organisations and book sellers – is £5.00 inc. P&P in the UK or Europe, and £9.00 inc. P&P for the rest of the world. (Large orders may be negotiated re Postage & Packing etc.)

To obtain copies call the distributors (GBS) on UK: 044 [0]1206 255777 or contact them by email via CashSales@tbs-ltd.co.uk

@FemaleMutlnBook                                                                  Female Mutilation Worldwide website (details of contributor contacts etc)

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The Many ‘E’s Of FGM Eradication – And Why They All Lead Via ‘Economics’ And ‘Epidemics’ To Public Health

April 24, 2018

I was pleased to be invited to speak at the second University of Salford ONECPD Conference on Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.  I originally intended my presentation to be on The 4Es of Eradication but further events and consideration suggest there are at least 7 Es….  and that they all point the same way:  The largely missing element in current eradication strategies is Public Health.
In this post I explain why I see that discipline or framework as critically important if we are to eradicate FGM forever.

The fundamental question for those who seek FGM eradication is not, ‘How long will it take?’, but rather, ‘What resources and leadership are required, finally to make FGM history?’

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Female Genital Mutilation Destroys Lives And Communities

April 6, 2018

The University of Salford is where, in 1973, I gained my M.Sc. degree in the Sociology of Science and Technology. I was therefore pleased to be asked to return at last, this time as a speaker at a ONECPD Conference on Tuesday 24 April 2018, on Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).   The topic I will address is The 4 Es of FGM Eradication – Engagement, Education, Enforcement and Economics.
I was also invited to write a blog on our Zero Tolerance for FGM theme for the ONECPD website. Here it is:
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Female Genital Mutilation: Money – Inadequate Funding, Vested Interests, MDG and GDP

March 9, 2018

Friday 8 March 2018 saw another EndFGM seminar led by Dr Tobe Levin and hosted by Dr Maria Jaschok of the International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. The event was attended by academics (two from the USA), doctors, lawyers and activists. I contributed by leading an interactive session on the many economic aspects – still so often overlooked – of female genital mutilation and its eradication. My briefing paper (drawing on the event concept note Tobe Levin had prepared) follows below, with a visual record of our discussions:

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Dare2Care – A New Website About Child Protection By Sarah Champion MP

February 27, 2018

It was an indication of their commitment that, despite the snow storms, dozens of activists joined Sarah Champion MP in her Westminster office for the launch today (Tuesday 27 February) of  Dare2Care, an online resource which focuses on the prevention of child abuse in the UK.
Sarah is the MP for Rotherham, a constituency which has seen multiple and very severe instances of grooming and other child abuse. Learning about these crimes must surely have been one of the reasons why she is so determined to help stop harm to children.

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Economics Is Why FGM Persists (Oxford Seminar On The Elephants In The Room)

November 23, 2017

17 November 2017: A workshop entitled Elephants in the Room: Hurdles – and Hope – for Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) challenged us to consider some ‘elephants in the room’ in how we think about that particular form of gendered physical and psychological abuse.  The event, co-sponsored by the International Gender Studies Centre at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and the UnCUT/VOICES Press, enabled those present to share thoughts on aspects of FGM which may be both blatantly obvious and difficult to discuss. My contribution, summarised below, was on the Economics of FGM.

The ‘four Es’ of Eradicating FGM are Engagement, Education, Enforcement and Economics.

But perhaps there is also a fifth ‘E’ – because in the context of this seminar Economics is the Elephant in the room….

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Three Days With Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, Washington DC, October 2017: Walk-A-Thon to #EndFGM

October 22, 2017

What an experience this visit to Washington DC turned out to be! Angela Peabody, the Founder-Director of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, made us all so warmly welcome as we met again friends and colleagues from different parts of the world, and discussed various issues with some of the leading medical and legal female genital mutilation (FGM) experts in the USA. And we saw the 2017 GWPF nominees receive their awards for outstanding service to end that cruel and harmful traditional practice.

My (post-event) thoughts on what we discussed follow, with a focus on

*Medical ‘vs’ legal understandings
*Male ‘vs’ female circumcision (MGM and FGM) and human rights / bodily integrity
*Patriarchy incarnate, eg FGM and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM)
*Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
*Data on FGM prevalence
*Surgical and other treatment and support for FGM survivors
*’Market segmentation’ to maximise the impact of #EndFGM programmes.

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