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Tag Archive: Female genital mutilation

Dec 21 2013

The hole is too small

There’s a clinic in West London that undoes a small part of the damage done by Female Genital Mutilation, specifically infibulation. It makes the hole bigger. Dr Naomi Low-Beer, Consultant Gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and lead doctor for the FGM service at the West London clinic, performs the invaluable reversal surgery. She explained: …

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Dec 16 2013

Better to teach than to mutilate

A slice of life in rural Tanzania… Lozwi Longinai was preparing for her wedding day last month in northern Lingate village, but at the last minute her groom changed his mind after realising that his 18-year-old fiancée had not been circumcised.

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Nov 06 2013

Carving up little girls with sharp blades

The Guardian on the FGM report itself. Thousands of girls in danger of genital mutilation are being failed by the health and justice systems, a coalition of health professionals has warned in a report that recommends aggressive steps to eradicate the practice in the UK. Female genital mutilation (FGM) should be treated the same as …

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Nov 06 2013

She felt every single cut

At Comment is Free, Leyla Hussain on FGM. I was cut when I was seven years old. Four women held me down. I felt every single cut. I was screaming so much I just blacked out. I didn’t know what female genital mutilation (FGM) was until the day it happened to me. FGM is one …

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May 10 2013

They rang our fathers anonymously

Campaigning against FGM can be dangerous work, at least in the UK. The Guardian has spoken to women who have received death threats, been publicly assaulted and who have had to move house after speaking out about FGM, which involves cutting away some or all of a girl’s external genitalia and can include sewing up …

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Feb 07 2013

Edna Adan versus FGM

Edna Adan is one of the heroic women I learned about courtesy of the Half the Sky series. She built and runs a hospital in Somalia. A Safe World for Women gives us her statement on Female Genital Mutilation. As a midwife, I have been delivering babies for 50 years, many of whom were being …

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Dec 11 2012

Surgeries and modifications

There’s the Hastings Center report itself, which was the source of Lisa Wade’s article. Zinnia Jones has a great, detailed post on it. I’ll just mention some things that jump out at me. Starting with the title. Seven Things to Know about Female Genital Surgeries in Africa They’re not surgeries. If you’re walking down the …

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Dec 11 2012

Women who

Now that the first steam has dissipated a little, a closer look at one part of Lisa Wade’s “Balanced Look” at cutting off parts of the genitalia of very young girls. The third item in her list of useful things for people to know so that they can take a more “balanced” approach to Female …

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Jul 24 2012

Thousands of British girls are the victims of wounding with intent

Nick Cohen notes that it’s progress when violence against women and girls is treated as such. Odd though it may seem to older readers, the Crown Prosecution Service now regards itself as a liberal organ of the state. This week it is making a great play of its success in deterring violence against women. Its …

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May 16 2012

Those “moderate” Islamists running Egypt

Like Freedom and Justice Party MP Azza al-Garf, who publicly supports FGM. Egypt’s New Women Foundation said they are suing Islamist Parliament member Azza al-Garf over her pro-female genital mutilation (FGM) statements. The women’s rights foundation sent a letter to the speaker of parliament Saad al-Katatny, informing him of legally going after Garf and asking for …

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