'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - Why FGM Still Goes Unpunished
(29 March 2018)
"FGM is a barbaric tribal custom emanating
from parts of the Islamic world, notably portions of Africa, the Middle
East, Pakistan and Indonesia. It has been illegal in this country for 33
years. The person who does the cutting commits a crime, as does a parent
or anyone else who arranges for it; so also a parent who fails to take
reasonable means to stop it happening to a girl under 16, and a person
resident here who arranges for it to be done abroad (normally on a
'holiday' conveniently taken in a county where the practice is common).
A doctor or teacher who fails to pass on information about it also
commits an offence..."
Britain, Alone in Europe, Has Failed to Convict Anyone for FGM
(28 March 2018)
"After nearly forty years on the books, it
seems that FGM law is so useless it's not even being applied ... France
and the UK host the largest migrant communities from countries that
practice FGM ... Perhaps British law is just too cumbersome. It can be
seen from Europe that a specific law for the issue is not needed;
children can be protected by a nuanced approach, using laws on abuse,
neglect, and abandonment..."
Don't Make a Nuance of Yourself
"One of the sock-puppets put up by the
increasingly feeble and/or malevolent British police forces - 'force' is
a misnomer here - has said the FGM is a crime with 'many nuances', and
that these perky [sic] nuances are the reason that, despite thousands
and thousands of reported cases of FGM since this act of barbarism was
outlawed 33 years ago, not one person has gone to jail in the UK.
Nuance. This is the range of nuances pertaining to FGM. A small girl is
set on a table, her legs forced apart, and her clitoris shaved away with
a razor blade. There. Did you see the nuance? No, neither did I. The
reason is obvious. In Islam, sexual gratification is for men, not for
women. Don't hear too much from the feminists about this one. Too busy
whining about 'mansplaining'..."
Police Commander on Lack of Female Genital Mutilation Convictions:
'There Are Many Nuances to this Crime' (19 January 2018)
the National Police Chief's Council lead non 'honour' violence, FGM, and
forced marriage, was responding to a letter from Jonathan Nicholas, a
writer who served as a frontline police officer for 30 years, asking why
there has yet to be a single conviction for FGM despite tens of
thousands of recorded cases since it was criminalised in 1985..."
Canadian Muslim Website Publishes Article Defending 'Medical Benefits'
of Female Circumcision (05 September
"The article, written by pro-FGM author and journalist Asiff
Hussein, claims that 'Misogynists and Feminists' are 'denigrating' the
practice which he claims has medical benefits for women ... [He] blames
the lack of pro-FGM research on 'Islamophobic sentiments...' ... Many
have also dismissed FGM as a local cultural practice with no links to
the religion of Islam itself. Hussein disagreed saying that there is a
reference to FGM in the sayings of ... Mohammed, also known as the
Former Muslim, Anti-FGM Campaigner Shazia Hobbs Suspended from Twitter
(04 September 2017)
A Muslim apostate and high profile campaigner against both FGM
and forced marriage has been suspended from micro-blogging platform
Twitter, amidst a wider crackdown on right wing voices on the website,
and other online platforms like Facebook. ... Hobbs had previously
spoken at the Unite Against Hate 'Gays Against Sharia' march in
Manchester, where she spoke out against Muslim rape gangs preying on
young white girls. Hobbs turned away from Islam after escaping an
arranged marriage with a physically abusive husband she been forced into
France Prosecutes Hundreds for FGM, Zero in the UK
(06 July 2017)
"More than 5,000 new FGM cases were recorded in England last year
... That works out as 14 new cases being recorded a day, or one new case
every 102 minutes - less than the time it takes to watch a football
match. France has a similar FGM problem but adopts a zero-tolerance
approach toward it..."
Over 5,000 New FGM Cases in England Last Year, Still No Prosecutions
(05 July 2017)
"Almost half involved women and girls living in London, a third
were women and girls born in Somalia, and 112 cases were UK-born
nationals. ... FGM is common in many African nations and has become
increasingly common in the UK with mass immigration. The gruesome
practice, used to suppress and control female sexuality, has been
illegal in the UK since 1985 but no one has ever been prosecuted for the
crime in Britain. The NSPCC said more should be done to end the
NYT's Editor Won't Use Term Female Genital Mutilation: 'Culturally
Loaded' and Divides People (27 April
"The health and science editor at the New York Times told a
reader in the newspaper's 'mailbag' feature that she decided not to use
thee term 'female genital mutilation' because it is a 'culturally
loaded' term that widens the 'gulf' between the West and the countries
where the abuse is practiced..."
Young Girls Are Being Sacrificed on the Altar of Political Correctness
(26 April 2017)
"Comfy? Let's begin. Who said this: 'Nevertheless, we believe
medical examinations can have a role as a last resort in particularly
high-risk cases (of FGM).'? That was said by the House of Commons
Home Affairs Select Committee in Female genital mutilation: abuse
unchecked - its ninth report of 2016-17..."
Establishment Media Hides Trump's New Policy to Stop 'Genital
Mutilation' of American Girls (18 April 2017)
"By ignoring the imported FGM
practice, the TV networks are 'guilty of aiding and abetting violence
against women out of a politically correct fueled fear of offending
Muslims', says an April 18 statement by the Media Research Center and
ACT for America..."
The Religion of Peace and Love (Women's Special
(23 July 2014)
"The government declares that those who
practise female genital mutilation shall be prosecuted. It is hard to
imagine how anyone could perpetrate such acts of cruelty and barbarism.
Who are these people? FGM, like forced marriage, is a practice found
principally among Muslims. Yet yesterday there was a five minutes'
discussion of this matter on The Today Programme but the word
'Muslim' or the phrase 'Islamic practices' were never mentioned. Ah but,
the presenter did say that 'religion' is often implicated. So are we to
suppose that FGM is endemic among chapel-goers in West Wales and Quaker
ladies in York?..."
Female Genital Mutilation? It's Guilty White
Liberals Who Make It Possible (04 July 2014)
"After years of silence, the British
establishment has finally acknowledged the 'national scandal' of FGM
which has been practiced on up to 170,000 women and girls in the UK, and
140 million worldwide..."
Uphill Battle in Fight Against Female Genital
Mutilation (03 July 2014)
"Thousands of schoolgirls in the UK are at high risk of
undergoing FGM during this year's summer break, according to the British
government, which is actively promoting several nationwide campaigns
aimed at raising awareness of the spiralling problem..."
Genital Mutilation: The God Who Hates
(16 June 2014)
"Until recently we in the West have known or
heard little about Female Genital Mutilation - what it involves and what is its
perverted purpose. Now though, especially through the internet and the
alternative media, we are seeing and hearing more. FGM is mass mutilation of
children: female children..."
A Fight as U.S. Girls Face Genital Cutting Abroad
(10 June 2014)
"Atlanta - Last summer, an American-born teenager of Somali
descent fled her parent's home in a suburb here after she discovered
that a coming vacation to Somalia would include a sacred rite of
passage: the cutting of her genitalia. In Guinea, a New Yorker escaped
to the American Embassy after an aunt told her that her family trip
would involve genital cutting. And in Seattle, at least one physician
said parents had sent girls back to Somalia to undergo cutting..."
Schools Warned Over FGM Risk to Girls During
Summer Holidays (25 May 2014)
"The Department for Education has urged schools to be vigilant in
guarding against the dangers of female genial mutilation ahead of the
summer holidays, known to be a particularly dangerous time for at-risk
More Than Half of School Heads Fail to Read
Official FGM Guidance (22 May
"The guidance, which tells teachers how to identify girls who are
at risk or who have suffered mutilation, was emailed to every school in
the country. But data from the DofE shows that only 56% of heads in the
capital even opened the email ... An even lower proportion - 45% - then
'clicked through' to read the guidance, meaning that headteachers in
1,724 London schools have ignored the effort to prevent the abuse..."
British Girls Flown to Singapore and Dubai for
'Medicalised' FGM (14 May
"Julia Lalla-Maharajh, chief executive and founder of Orchid
Project, said: 'When females genital cutting is done by medical
practitioners it carries the risk of the practice being seen as more
'acceptable', however the outcomes for the girl are still the same - she
is still cut, still might have horrendous complications and her rights
will still have been violated.'..."
Girls Being Cut in Britain As Often As Abroad,
Says Met Commissioner (09 May
"Sir Bernard's comments came as the Met began a new anti-FGM
campaign at Heathrow and other major airports focusing on flights to and
from countries where the practice is widespread. One aim is to ensure
that parents and others are aware that although mutilation is legal in
some countries, it is a crime to cut a girl from Britain, even if the
operation takes place abroad..."
3 Survivors Reveal the Brutal Reality of FGM
(25 April 2014)
"During the summer months, while many families take vacations or
usher their children off to camp, thousands of girls here in the U.S.
are being sent overseas for what's sold to them as a 'rite of passage'.
... [Here, three women] share their memories in an effort to encourage
other women to come forward and join in the chorus of FGM survivors who
are demanding an end to the brutal practice..."
Cut the Clitoral Relativism: Islam, Sharia, and
FGM/C (11 April 2014)
"Despite their ongoing antagonisms ... a bizarre, shared
apologetic has emerged which denies the irrefragable sanctioning of FGM/C
by canonical Islamic tradition ('hadith'), and over 1100 years of
authoritative, mainstream Islamic jurisprudence..."
FGM Charge Obscures the Real Issues
(27 March 2014)
"We are all consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists who look
after, or have looked after, women who have suffered FGM. We wish to
express our serious anxiety about the decision to prosecute a doctor for
alleged mutilation after a delivery..."
Reporting Female Genital Mutilation Should Be
Legally Required - CPS Chief
(25 March 2014)
"Healthcare, educational and social-work staff should be required
by law to report to the police suspected cases of female genital
mutilation, the top prosecutor in England and Wales has said..."
Diane Abbott Calls for Mandatory Checks on Schoolgirls to Secure
Prosecutions for FGM (11 March 2014)
A London MP has called for mandatory
medical checks on schoolgirls to end Britain's 'shameful' failure to
secure prosecutions for female genital mutilation. Diane Abbott said the
country needed to face up to the need for 'routine medical examinations'
as she warned that thousands of girls in the capital remained at risk of
Why Aren't More People Talking About FGM in the
U.S.? (04 March 2014)
"At the beginning of the summer following her junior year at a
New Jersey high school, Hawa, then 16, was looking forward to a vacation
to Senegal. She was excited to see the homeland of her parents and to
meet her adoring grandmother for the first time. But every time her
mother would talk to her about the trip, she would cry, which Hawa
thought was weird..."
Some Copts Practice FGM 'As a Matter of Assimilation to the Muslim
Majority. This Must Stop' (21 February 2014)
"It is the mainstream media's
universal practice to claim that female genital mutilation is a cultural
practice with no justification in any religion, and to point out that
around 97% of women in Egypt have been subjected to it, which means that
Christian women as well as Muslim women are among the victims of this
practice. They ignore, however, the fact that FGM has justification
in Islamic teaching, but not in Christian teaching:..."
Female Genital Mutilation - World Health
Organisation Fact Sheet No 241
(Updated February 2014)
"Key facts / Procedures / No health
benefits, only harm / Who is at risk? /
Cultural, religious and social causes / International
response / WHO response / For more
A Harrowing Insight into Female Genital Mutilation
(18 January 2014)
"It is private. It is secret. By its very nature it is always
covered up from the outside world..."
Exploring Practices in Relation to Persistence and Abandonment of
FGM/Cutting in Africa (November 2013)
"The purpose of this study is to
provide a brief insight into factors relating to both the
persistence and abandonment of FGF/Cutting in Africa ... The author identified the subject for
this study when observing that FGM/Cutting currently affects up to
140 million females worldwide ... [who] continue to live with the sequential effects of FGM/Cutting
and who predominantly live in 28 of the 55 African countries
(Western, Eastern, North Eastern Africa)..."
UNICEF Report: FGM/C: A Statistical Overview and
Exploration of the Dynamics of Change
"This report is a comprehensive statistical overview of FGM/C in
the 29 countries where the practice is concentrated. Analysis of the
data reflects current perspectives on FGM/C, informed by the latest
policy, programmatic and theoretical evidence. The purpose of the report
is to generate an in-depth understanding of FGM/C that can be applied to
the development of policies and programmes, with the ultimate aim of
eliminating the practice."
UN Resolution No 67/146 Adopted by the GA on 20
December 2012 (05 March 2013)
"Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female
Female Genital Mutilation: An Islamic Crime
(16 December 2012)
"Asia News recently reported how the misogynist crime of female
genital mutilation (FGM) continues to be a 'widespread traditional
practice' in 'rural areas and more remote areas of Indonesia, ...'
The story makes sure to remind us, naturally, that while this crime is
being perpetrated in a Muslim country, the crime 'is not a rule set in a
rigid manner by the precepts of Islam'..."
FGM on the Rise in Indonesia
(19 October 2010)
"More and more female babies, even adults, are being circumcised
in the name of faith, despite a government ban. ... Indonesia forbade
health officials from the practice in 2006 because they considered it a
'useless' practice that 'could potentially harm women's health'.
However, the ban was quickly opposed by the Indonesian Ulema Council,
the highest Islamic advisory body in Indonesia..."
FGM: 'Such Hadiths Are Not Confirmed To Be
Authentic' (03 March 2010)
"The repellent and, in too few countries, prohibited, practice of female
genital mutilation is believed by some Muslims and many non-Muslims to
be an Islamic procedure..."
Complete Guide to Islamic Female Genital
Mutilation (12 July 2009)
"Today, an estimated 130 million (mostly Muslim) women have
undergone sexual mutilation..."
Population Council of Jakarta Research Report:
Female Circumcision in Indonesia
"The purpose of this study is to provide research-base
information regarding FC customary practices and their socio-cultural
determinants in Indonesia, as well as possible immediate and long-term
physical and psychological consequences of the practices on women's
sexuality, reproduction, and reproductive rights. With this information,
the National Action Plan for the Elimination of Violence against Women
can be carried with confidence. This would accelerate effective public
awareness campaigns to end harmful FC practices and gender inequality in
sexuality and reproductive rights..."
YouTubes and Videos
Linda Sarsour Caught Lying About Female Genital Mutilation in Islam
(25 April 2017)
"After learning that a female genital
mutilation gang had been arrested in Michigan, faux feminist Linda
Sarsour tweeted: 'Female genital mutilation has no place in Detroit or
anywhere else in the world. Female genital mutilation is barbaric and is
not an Islamic practice.' ... David Wood turns to Muslim scholars and
Islam's most trusted sources to see if female genital mutilation (female
circumcision) is prescribed in Islam."
Female Genital Mutilation is an Islamic Custom
We're facing a new evil in our
country: Female Genital Mutilation. This disgusting and barbaric
mutilation of little girls' private parts has been imported through
Islamic culture and immigration. The silence on this subject is truly
deafening, and it's another product of fear bound by political
How I Survived Female Genital Mutilation (24 September
"I could change what happened to me
for someone else. That's what survivor means."
Female Genital Mutilation: The Facts (08 July 2016)
"FGM, also known as circumcision or
cutting continues to be practiced widely on young girls, with numbers
increasing during the summer school holidays when girls are taken out of
the UK to be cut. FGM is illegal in the UK and is child abuse.. Despite
this and the increasing number of campaigns for FGM to be stopped, the
practice still continues in many communities. This NHS film explores the
severe long term health impacts FGM has on women and girls and considers
why it still happens and what communities can do to end the practice for
American Woman Who Underwent FGM Comes Forward to Help Others
(29 June 2016)
"The number of women and girls at
risk of FGM is rising in the U.S."
What is FGM? (06 March 2015)
"Critical of FGM, 17-year-old Hiba
Warsame wants to convince others that it has no place in modern
These Are Our Friends: FORWARD Young People Speak
Out (19 June 2014)
"FORWARD's Youth Programmed, Young People Speak Out, have
developed this film with Media Trust: 'These Are Our Friends' on the
issue of FGM. This will be screened on the Community Channel in July as
part of the Bridging The Gap series."
Take Action Against FGM
"Jaha Dukureh talks about FGM, what
it means to a woman and how you can help."
Female Genital Mutilation
(01 March 2012)
"Why is FGM still happening in the UK?
Should schools be more aware? What are women and girls being
Vote For Me
(12 November 2015)
"I am honoured to be a L'Oreal Paris Woman
of Worth, recognized for making a beautiful difference in my community
and in the fight against FGM. As a Woman of Worth, my organization, Safe
Hands for Girls is receiving a $10,000 donation and support and
awareness from L'Oreal Paris. Vote for me at WomanOfWorth.com to become
National Honoree and receive an additional $25,000 for Safe Hands for
Girls. You can help us end FGM in our Generation. I thank you all for
your continuing support."
Stop FGM in the UK Now
"Over 66,000 women in the UK have already
undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) and more than 24,000 girls are
at risk. ... As FGM falls under the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
portfolio, we believe that the Home Office should take responsibility
for drawing up and enforcing the implementation of a National Strategy
and Action Plan to eliminate FGM in the UK. Please join us in our call
for effective leadership."
End Female Genital Mutilation in the US
"My name is Jaha Dukureh and I am 24 years
old. As an infant growing up in Gambia, I experienced Female Genital
Mutilation. It took away a part of my femininity, ... Some girls,
including my half-sister who died from complications from being cut,
even lose their lives. I am committed to ending this destructive
practice and I need you to join me..."
Female Genital Mutilation
(Equality Now Action Group. Reports Updated Regularly)
"FGM is generally done without anaesthetic, and can have lifelong
health consequences including chronic infection, severe pain during
urination, menstruation, sexual intercourse, and childbirth, and
psychological trauma. No one knows how many girls die from FGM..."
Female Genital Mutilation
(Daughters of Eve)
"Daughters of Eve is a non-profit organisation that works to
protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital
mutilation (FGM). By raising awareness about FGM and sign-posting
support services we aim to help people who are affected by FGM and
ultimately help bring an end to this practice..."
Female Genital Mutilation
(FORWARD: Safeguarding Rights and Dignity)
"FORWARD was established in 1983 in the UK, in response to the
emerging problems caused by FGM being seen by health professionals.
Since this time FORWARD has been working to eliminate the practice and
provide support to women affected by FGM..."
Female Genital Mutilation
(Orchid Project: Working Together to End Female Genital Cutting)
"Our vision is a world free from FGC. We partner with
organisations that deliver a sustainable, proven end to FGC; We
communicate the potential for an end to FGC, raising awareness about
how, why and where FGC happens; We advocate to ensure stakeholders
resource and prioritise an end to FGC."
Female Genital Mutilation
(Bulletin of the Oppression of Women)
Various articles and news reports about FGM.
Female Genital Mutilation
Various articles and news reports about FGM.
Safe Hands for Girls
"'Safe Hands for Girls was founded in 2013
to help end Female Genital Mutilation, provide support to women and
girls who are survivors of the practice and address its lifelong,
harmful physical and psychological consequences. Our grassroots programs
create greater awareness of FGM and other forms of violence against
women, through education, advocacy, and youth-led campaigns"
for America - Empowering Women and Protecting Children
"ACT for America strives to empower women
and to help stop the primitive and uncivilised practices of female
genital mutilation and 'honor killings'. Even now in the 21st century,
there are places where women are held as virtual property, routinely
beaten and abused, with the full consent and blessing of the legal
system. Young girls are savagely mutilated at a young age, and those who
would speak out against these practices are killed as a matter of 'honor'.
Radical Islamists [sic] use sharia law as a tool to oppress and control
women ... ACT for America is committed to the ideal that all women are
entitled to life, liberty, and respect, and works to ensure that our
legal system punishes, rather than permits, these barbaric practices
whenever and wherever they occur."
Rise Up Against Female Genital Mutilation
"My name is Jaha Dukureh. I am 23 years old
and I think it is time we openly talk about ending FGM. We need to lift
ourselves and become healers in our community. We need to restore the
broken and encourage the discouraged. We are strong and we will not let
FGM silence us, we shall be heard. The purpose of this blog is to engage
in an open dialogue with the greater female population of America and
around the world, those from communities mostly affected by FGM. ... I
need my fellow women to speak up; let's share our experiences, let's
talk about how this has affected us. I will start by sharing my
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