Archive for November, 2015

Bristol FGM charity wins international award

Integrate Bristol is one of just 20 organisations from around the world to receive an inaugural With and For Girls Award. The award is part of a global initiative to identify and support local organisations working with and for girls.

Integrate Bristol, based in Redfield, was recognised for its work to promote gender equality and raise awareness about the risks of female genital mutilation (FGM).

#fgm campaigner

The charity is led by teenage girls and promotes gender equality through creative projects. These projects are specifically designed to raise awareness and provide education about the risks of female genital mutilation.

Integrate Bristol has educated 2,500 young people about the risks of FGM.  The charity also delivers sessions for frontline professionals in schools, colleges and universities by producing lesson plans and videos on violence against women and girls and FGM.

Read More: http://www.bristol247.com/channel/news-comment/daily/society/bristol-fgm-charity-wins-international-award

Australia’s first female genital mutilation trial: how a bright young girl convinced a jury

Emma* is 11 and uses phrases like “the best that I am able” when asked by an adult if she will answer their questions. Strikingly intelligent, the western Sydney daughter of African and Indian migrants can recall in vivid detail everything that happened on a recent school excursion, right down to the detailing on pottery she saw.

So when she was called to give evidence against her mother in the supreme court, Emma was a reliable witness.

She testified in a landmark Australian case which centred around what happened to her in a room, about an hour away from her home, on an unspecified date which is likely to have been when she was seven years old.

Emma and her sister Caroline* were the – at times unwilling and overwhelmed – protagonists in the first female genital mutilation (FGM) trial in Australia, which has been playing out for the past nine weeks.

Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, who was convicted in a landmark female genital mutilation court case in Sydney this week.

 

The sisters were born two years apart into the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Muslim community. Their path to the supreme court to give evidence while their mother sat in the dock began in 2012 when police officers arrived at their school asking to interview them.

Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/13/female-genital-mutilation-trial-young-girl-convinced-jury-australia

Blake Lively Is Calling Attention to a Terrifying Truth: Female Genital Mutilation Occurs in America, Too

Blake Lively may have shuttered her platform Preserve, but that hasn’t stopped the star from speaking out about things she thinks are important—including protecting and supporting women.

Lively launched an initiative to call attention to #FGM—female genital mutilation

Today on Instagram, Lively launched an initiative to call attention to FGM—female genital mutilation—a procedure that involves removing parts or all of a woman’s genitals for non-medical reasons. It’s long been practiced in parts of Africa and was recently banned in Nigeria, but Lively points out the chilling fact that FGM isn’t just something that happens in other places—it’s right in our own backyard.

Read More: http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/news/a16755/blake-lively-fgm-instagram/

Newham has second highest number of reported honour based crime in London

Statistics from a Freedom of Information request to the Met revealed that Newham had 59 reports of honour related crime since 2010.

According to the figures, the borough came joint second with neighbouring Redbridge for the number of reported honour crimes in London, while Brent topped the list with 82 incidents.

Newham has the second highest number of reports of honour-based crime in London. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/PA Images

Sudarshan Bhuhi, chief executive officer of Stratford charity Aanchal Women’s Aid, said she was not surprised by the figures and that she believes more incidents may be going unreported.

She added: “The issue is quite close to my heart.

“I have been working in here and the economic divide is so diverse – there’s not enough funds for specialised support.” Balvinder Saund, of the Sikh Women’s Alliance (SWA) in Ilford, explained that the “idea of honour” was still present.

“It’s about control and subservience. These old ways of thinking should be left behind – there’s no place for it,” she said. A Newham Council spokesman explained confidential support is available to all victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Read More: http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/newham_has_second_highest_number_of_reported_honour_based_crime_in_london_1_4295030

Asian trio who rammed their car into the boyfriend of one of their sisters in ‘honour attack’ all avoid prison

Three Asian men who carried out an ‘honour attack’ on the boyfriend of one of their sisters have all avoided prison terms.

Kasim Ali, 25, and his cousins Adeel Ali, 20, and Razi Khalid, 18, targeted Aquib Baig because their family did not approve of him seeing their sister, a court was told. They rammed his car before chasing him into a corner store in Blackburn, Lancashire, where they kicked and beat him in front of horrified shoppers.

Despite a judge bemoaning 'honour-based violence', all three of the men avoided prison sentences this week

Despite a judge condemning the violence, the trio were this week spared jail for their attack on Mr Baig, which took place on April 13. Sentencing them at Preston Crown Court Sessions House, Recorder Julian Shaw told them: ‘There is no place for any religious or honour based violence.

‘It’s abhorrent, it’s against your religion, it’s unlawful. I have had to see the violence perpetrated.

‘Mercifully, perhaps more by luck than judgement, the victim didn’t sustain more serious injuries. ‘He was attacked by all three of you together at the same time despite attempts by member of the public to break it up and despite the perception that he offered no violence towards you at all.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3301689/Asian-trio-carried-honour-attack-Blackburn-avoid-prison.html#ixzz3qRm7wYYj

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