Barrister says Home Office’s unwillingness to protect 11-year-old makes a mockery of FGM protection orders
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
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”.
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.
Gift and Augustine Abu have spent most of their marriage traveling around the West African country preaching the harms of this practice…
Home Affairs Committee report on female genital mutilation calls for mandatory reporting duty
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.
Barney Davis, April 4, 2016 Evening Standard A survivor of female genital mutilation today told how she had been attacked in public over her outspoken campaign to confront the barbaric…
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?
There are some actions which, once taken, can never be undone. Female genital mutilation is one such action – it changes everything. We owe it to survivors of this terrible practice to provide the b