Female genital mutilation: ‘Women circumcise little girls for men’

Nearly 125,000 women have suffered mutilation in France, according to the 2019 weekly epidemiological bulletin. © Studio graphique FMM


I so welcome this article and we do need so many more for FGM needs to be banned Worldwide and to be enforced  Worldwide.

While in most instances the practice is conducted by women on other women and even worse by women within the same family, however, it is men who are dictating this practice, and therefore men, especially men in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia who need to start saying this practice has to stop.

But women, especially within the same family unit should be supporting each other and not continue allowing the practice to carry on, but are they really so ingrained in practices started by men and so continue with this very degrading culture on their female relations, or is it that men are so in control of families, culture and other aspects and that it is continued in a state of fear from men.

This is a pure violation of female Human Rights as well as the Law in many countries and every known instance of it being done should lead to prosecution to the full degree.

Source: Female genital mutilation: ‘Women circumcise little girls for men’

Priti Patel accused of ‘shameful’ bid to deport girl at risk of FGM | Global development | The Guardian

Barrister says Home Office’s unwillingness to protect 11-year-old makes a mockery of FGM protection orders

Source: Priti Patel accused of ‘shameful’ bid to deport girl at risk of FGM | Global development | The Guardian

Nurses Against Circumcision : Organic Lifestyle

Childbirth is miraculous, beautiful, traumatic, and overwhelming, all at the same time, for both the baby and the mother. But for many children born today, squeezing through the birth canal is the easy part. Soon after birth, males born to North American women routinely face amputation of a fully functioning, healthy organ – the foreskin.

Circumcision is so commonplace in North America, it has long been considered the norm. The World Health Organization estimates the male circumcision rate in the U.S. to be 76% to 92%, while the rates in most of the Western European countries are less than 20%. Globally, more than 80% of the world’s men are left intact. An intact penis is not rare – an intact penis is the norm.

Medical professionals tell parents that circumcision is relatively painless, just a snip and it is over. Nothing could be further from the truth. Aside from the rare but possible complications, which include mutilation of the penis or death, the practice of circumcision is painful and traumatic.


Source: Nurses Against Circumcision : Organic Lifestyle

Tory MP Sir Christopher Chope called ‘appalling’ after blocking anti-FGM amendment – again – inews.co.uk

A Tory MP who angered colleagues after blocking a bill to make upskirting illegal has objected to an amendment that would toughen the laws against female genital mutilation (FGM).

Sir Christopher Chope objected during the second reading of an amendment which would have altered the Children Act to allow the courts to issue protection orders if they are concerned a child may be at risk of FGM.

Sir Christopher shouted “object” when the bill was read out in the Commons on Friday, leading to an audible groan from other MPs, despite being under pressure to allow it to pass through the house.

Asked not to object

He objected to the bill during its first reading in November and, as a result, campaigners contacted him to request that he not do the same again.

Ahead of the reading, campaigner Nimco Ali texted the MP asking him not to stand in the way of the bill’s passage, saying: “I do hope you understand… the need to give girls at risk all the protection possible”.

Source: Tory MP Sir Christopher Chope called ‘appalling’ after blocking anti-FGM amendment – again – inews.co.uk

10-year-old girl bleeds to death after female genital mutilation in Somalia | Global development | The Guardian

A 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia, the first confirmed death in years in a country where complications from the procedure are generally denied, activists claim.

Deeqa Dahir Nuur was taken on 14 July to a traditional cutter in the her village of Olol, roughly 65km from Dhusmareb, in central Galmudug state.

The operation severed a vein, and when the family were still unable to stem the haemorrhaging two days later, the girl was taken to Dhusmareb hospital, where she bled to death, said activist Hawa Aden Mohamed of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development.

The Galmudug state minister for women’s affairs visited the family in hospital to offer condolences and explain the risk of death in FGM operations.

But action over Deeqa’s is unlikely. “The woman who performed the operation has not been arrested, but even if she was, there is no law that would ensure she is punished for the act,” said Mohamed.

“It is difficult to estimate the number of girls who die due to FGM per month or per day because they are [sworn] to secrecy, particularly in rural areas. We only get to hear of the few cases of those bold enough to seek medical treatment in towns. But from the stories we do hear, they could be in their dozens.”

The death is the most high profile confirmed in Somalia, where 98% of women and girls are cut, the highest percentage anywhere in the world. Activists hope the publicity surrounding her death may help debunk myths in Somalia that FGM is safe.


Source: 10-year-old girl bleeds to death after female genital mutilation in Somalia | Global development | The Guardian

Ongoing failure to tackle “national scandal” of female genital mutilation – News from Parliament – UK Parliament

Home Affairs Committee report on female genital mutilation calls for mandatory reporting duty

Source: *Ongoing failure to tackle “national scandal” of female genital mutilation – News from Parliament – UK Parliament


*Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0.





With 500,000 female genital mutilation survivors or at risk in U.S., it’s not just someone else’s problem – The Washington Post

The number of women and girls in the United States potentially facing or who have already suffered mutilation has grown threefold since 1990, according to a government report.

Source: With 500,000 female genital mutilation survivors or at risk in U.S., it’s not just someone else’s problem – The Washington Post

FGM: The continual 

Save the ‘F’ World

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), likewise known as Female Genital Cutting (FGC) is an illegal and punishable by law.

FGM is a torture to the female as it is widely depicted to destroy womanly dignity of the person cut. There are four types. The women are permanently disfigured irrespective of the minimisations of the cutting at any of these stages.

Today, the public focus is women and girls fleeing wars in their nations. Nevertheless, there is another kind of female refugees.

While some are fleeing as results of persecution of all sorts, some females are running away from the being mutilated.

Feminists’ debates are divided over this topic. Despite strong opposition to FGM practices within several European sectors, many argue about the need to respect the customary pattern of ethnic groups involving in FGM.

What is a crime then? The FGM practices or the persistence of it?

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“Never, ever” again – a former circumciser calls for an end to FGM

Original post from United Nations Population Fund (UNPF)


Asiya, a former circumciser, now urges community members to abandon FGM. © UNFPA Ethiopia -
Asiya, a former circumciser, now urges community members to abandon FGM. © UNFPA Ethiopia –

AFAMBO, Ethiopia – Asiya Hamed spent much of her life performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in her community. She cannot remember how many girls she has cut, but she knows what the consequences have been.

“Girls and women suffered from urine- and menses-retention complications due to the physical condition created by FGM,” she said. She added that, because of this practice, women have faced life-threatening complications during childbirth.

Of course, she did not know all this when she was performing FGM. As a circumciser and traditional birth attendant, she believed she was helping the women and girls under her care.

But around two years ago, she received training from the Afar Pastoralist Development Association – which has partnered with UNFPA to raise awareness of the harms caused by FGM – and the Afar Region’s Women, Children and Youth Bureau.

“The trainings have revealed to me how much I have been subjecting women and girls to suffering out of ignorance,” Asiya said.

Today, she is working to mobilize people against FGM and child marriage, using her own experiences as a circumciser to persuade them.

Leading the charge

Asiya is part of a programme being piloted in Ethiopia’s Afambo District, where FGM traditionally takes place at infancy – often when girls are just seven days old.

The programme, supported by UNFPA and partners, educates communities about the dangers associated with FGM and child marriage, helping them make the decision to abandon these traditions.

As part of this effort, Asiya serves on a committee in her ‘kebele’, or locality, dedicated to raising awareness of these issues. Such committees have been established in seven localities in Afambo, often including a representative from the local administration, a clan elder, a religious leader, an ex-circumciser and a youth representative.

Committee members hold community-wide discussions several times each month, explaining the adverse effects of FGM and child marriage on girls, women and the community.

Despite harms, many resist change

FGM can cause shock, haemorrhage and infection, and it can lead to prolonged labour, excessive bleeding during childbirth, and even death. Child marriage also harms girls’ health. Many child brides become pregnant before they are physically mature, leading to increased risk of pregnancy and labour complications.

Still, it is difficult to convince people to let go of these traditions. Some believe they are religiously required. Others believe that FGM and child marriage will deter pre-marital sex, which they say would bring disgrace to their families and clans.

There are few penalties for people who opt to continue these practices. Some parents and circumcisers have been taken to local authorities after FGM is performed, but many are released with a pardon. And the region where they live – Afar – has not yet adopted a law setting 18 as the legal minimum age of marriage.

Even though she has become an ardent advocate on these issues, Asiya is still occasionally asked to perform FGM.

“I tell them that I will never, ever think of subjecting a girl to the harms and suffering of FGM,” she said.

Never too late

Despite these challenges, Asiya says people are slowly being convinced to end child marriage and FGM.

Her experiences as a circumciser and traditional birth attendant give credibility to her arguments, and she speaks with authority about the damage she has witnessed.

She now also encourages women to give birth in health facilities, under the care of skilled birth attendants such as doctors or midwives, rather than at home.

“When I come across a pregnant woman in labour in my community, I make sure that a call is made to the health centre in our vicinity for an ambulance to be sent,” she says.

Her efforts have helped convince influential community members that the health, happiness and human rights of girls and women must be prioritized.

Even after a lifetime of performing FGM, Asiya shows them, it is never too late to change one’s mind.

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