HIBO WARDERE – PRESSURES OF CULTURE

Hibo Wardere shares her story about peer pressure, cultural expectations and Somalian FGM practices.

When Hibo was 6 years old she became one of more than 200 million women and girls worldwide who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In this short film, Hibo discusses the days leading up to being cut – the celebration and joy – and the days after – the pain, anger, and betrayal. ‘It was being butchered by the people you love the most that was the most hurtful thing.’ Now, one of Britain’s most prominent campaigners against FGM, Hibo is working with SafeHands for Mothers to raise awareness about FGM and to protect the thousands of girls at risk of being cut in the UK today.

GENITAL MUTILATION: HOW MALTA’S LAW FAILS INTERSEX CHILDREN

Malta is world-famous for being the first state to formally outlaw intersex genital mutilation in 2015, despite that the law failed to include any sanctions and IGM continues both domestically and overseas.

After tacitly amending the law last year, the Maltese government now claims to have “equalis[ed] the penalties applicable to intersex genital mutilation to the penalties applicable to female genital mutilation”. But is this really true? Intersex NGO StopIGM.org investigates…

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GERMANY ADOPTS INTERSEX IDENTITY INTO LAW

People who do not fit the biological definition of male or female can now choose the category “diverse” on official documents. Those choosing the option will need a doctor’s certificate to register.

Intersex people are born with both male and female sex characteristics, which can appear at birth or later in life.

Other countries have approved laws in recent years to help recognise intersex people…

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WHAT IS INTERSEX? A PERSONAL EXPLAINER

In this video filmmaker River Gallo gives us the breakdown of what it means to be intersex. GLAAD defines intersex as “an umbrella term describing people born with reproductive or sexual anatomy and/or a chromosome pattern that can’t be classified as typically male or female.” Gallo shares his experience as an intersex person, hopes for the future, and the importance of education about the intersex community.

MY INTERSEX STORY

How difficult it is to get heard, while others are talking about you. This is how I feel in the Church of England, as someone born with intersex traits.

To explain intersex further, I was born with variations in sex characteristics (VSC). This means that I do not fit into the typical understanding of what it is to be male or female. I am talking about biological characteristics, not about gender identity. Another term that you may hear

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