HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE BEGINS SCRUTINY OF FGM PROTECTIONS

The Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee is starting its detailed scrutiny of plans to enhance protections for women and girls who have suffered or who are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The committee will be hearing directly from communities and individuals affected by FGM through its outreach work, as well as from officials who will be tasked with administering any changes. It has also today launched a general call for views on the issue.

The Scottish government’s current proposals include creating ‘FGM Protection Orders’. These orders would impose conditions or requirements on individuals to protect someone from FMG, or to keep an FGM victim safe.

The government estimates…


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CHANGING PERSPECTIVES: FGM & MALE CIRCUMCISION

One of the often used (although misguided) arguments surrounding the ethics of circumcision is that of the difference between male and female genital cutting. Whilst the more severe (type 3 infibulation) can be considered drastically worse than an atypical male circumcision, the outlawing of any form of ritual piercing, nicking, cutting, scraping or other forms of harm (type 4) shows a stark double standard in the way that we treat these two similar practices.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II HONOURS FGM CAMPAIGNERS

Leyla Hussein had mixed feelings when she found out that Queen Elizabeth II was naming her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her work to eliminate female genital mutilation.

“I had to think hard about whether to accept,” she says, citing the British history of colonialism. But in the end, proud of being British and living in a country that took in her parents as refugees from Somalia, she accepted the honor, along with fellow anti-FGM advocate Nimco Ali…

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COMMUNITY PETITION

“Ban the act of infant male circumcision without a proper medical reasoning.

Male circumcision in infants is an unnecessary, irreversible and unfair procedure to place upon a boy who may in the future disagree with the reasons for which it was done. Religion and parental opinion are not appropriate reasons to remove an essential part of a boys body when they lack the ability to refuse.”

You can find the link to this petition here.

 

“Ban the act of infant male circumcision without a proper medical reasoning.”

Introduce an outright ban on non-medical circumcision of boys in the UK for anyone under the age of 18.

DEADLINE:
21 September 2019

DISAPPOINTMENT AT THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Disappointment at the U.S. Department of Justice decision not to appeal ruling in the first federal genital mutilation case.
It is both deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear that Attorney General Bar has decided not to appeal the Michigan case against Jumana Nagarwala, a U.S. doctor who was charged in 2017 with performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on nine girls, aged 7 to 13, from Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota, at a Detroit clinic.

Prosecutors alleged that Dr.Nagarwala may have subjected up to 100 girls to the procedure over a 12 year period

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11th April 2019

“IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE” FGM SURVIVOR CELEBRATES SUBJECTS ADDITION TO CURRICULUM

“I have been fighting so hard for this. We need to educate children about the dangers, the devastation and the destruction female genital mutilation causes. It is a life sentence: when this happens you can’t go back.”

More than forty years later and Hibo is celebrating the government’s announcement that they will commit to teaching about the dangers of female genital mutilation in schools as part of the curriculum…


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–25/02/2019–

EXPLORING THE RAMIFICATIONS OF UNWANTED CULTURAL PRACTICES

A survivor of female genital mutilation spoke about her harrowing experiences.

At just seven-years-old, Hoda Ali was put through the procedure at her home in Somalia.

Hoda was interviewed on a Channel 4 documentary, 100 Vaginas. In a heartbreaking segment, the activist and sexual health worker spoke about how FGM affected her life

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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.