Just about a week ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop and talk delivered by Leyla Hussein about what FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is, how it affects girls, not only physically but also can stay with them mentally for the rest of their lives. FGM is described by The World Health Organization: “procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”. It is estimated that as many as 23,000 young girls at the age of 15 in the UK might be in danger and 66,000 women might be living with the after-effects of this.
This is sick, horrifying and scary and these are serious numbers. And, on a completely legal note, I am sure I don’t need to tell you that this is in complete violation of the provisions of Equality Act 2010 that operates in this country. This is child abuse, pure and simple.
There is a couple of things you can do.
1 – Watch the Channel 4 film that Leyla has produced, in which explains further what FGM is and follows Leyla’s campaign. Warning: it does contain strong languages, graphic images and descriptions of FGM, but this is something that everyone simply has to see. The film is available at: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-cruel-cut/4od
2- Sign the Stop FGM in the UK Now petition – at the HM Government website by following this link – more pressure needs to be put on the government to eradicate this
3- Read more about FGM at NSPCC’s website – here
4 – Download and disseminate leaflets and raise awareness about FGM – one such leaflet is available from Home Office
Let’s eradicate this form of child abuse! I will do everything that I can to fight this!