Posts Tagged ‘Female genital mutilation’

Illegal immigrant exploited FGM laws to stay in Britain

An illegal immigrant from Nigeria was granted leave to remain in Britain after falsely alleging that her daughters would be subjected to female genital mutilation if they were sent back.

A high court judge ruled that the three girls, aged 13, 10 and seven, needed protection from their father after hearing claims he was making arrangements for them to be “cut”.

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Female Genital Mutilation effects millions of women worldwide

In a landmark case the girls became the first subjects of a female genital mutilation (FGM) protection order, by the British courts. But that decision has now been overturned after a different judge dismissed the claim, describing it as part of an “immigration scam”.

Read More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/08/illegal-immigrant-exploited-fgm-laws-to-stay-in-britain/

Time 100: FGM campaigner Jaha Dukureh makes prestigious list

Anti-FGM campaigner Jaha Dukureh has been named one of the world’s most influential leaders by Time magazine alongside John Kerry, Angela Merkel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bernie Sanders and Christine Lagarde.

Dukureh, the lead campaigner in the Guardian’s global media campaign to end female genital mutilation, was honoured in particular for her work in the US and the Gambia but is now campaigning to end the practice worldwide in a generation, using her experiences as a survivor to build public support.

She first came to prominence with the success of her change.org petition, which received more than 220,000 signatures, asking the Obama administration to conduct a new prevalence study into the current scope of FGM in the United States.

The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, with Jaha Dukureh.

The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, with Jaha Dukureh. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian

Now based in Atlanta, Dukureh has become the leading campaigner against FGM in the Gambia. She is of a new generation of young women in the country who are working through the media to make sure that the mutilation they have suffered is not repeated on their daughters.

Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/21/time-100-fgm-campaigner-jaha-dukureh-makes-prestigious-list

 

Professionals ‘Still Concerned About Tackling Honour-Based Violence’

Professionals are still concerned about tackling so-called honour-based violence because of “cultural sensitivities”, a Home Office Minister has admitted.

Karen Bradley said “certain professionals” still do not have the confidence to question harmful child abuse happening in the UK.

Professionals 'still concerned about tackling honour-based violence'

She raised the concerns during a House of Commons debate on breast ironing, a practice which originated in Cameroon but is now believed to have affected up to 1,000 girls in Britain.

Breast ironing uses hot objects heated on a stove to pound and massage girls’ breasts during puberty to retard their growth, in the belief it will make the girls less sexually attractive.

Questioned on the role of schools in tackling harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and breast ironing, the Minister (pictured) said: “I know there are certain professionals who may feel reticent about this.

 

Read More: http://www.careappointments.co.uk/care-news/england/item/39318-professionals-still-concerned-about-tackling-honour-based-violence

‘I thought this is how a virgin is meant to look’: Female genital mutilation victim whose vagina was stitched up – and the ‘blade woman’ who cuts 30 girls a day

Mariam Doumbia didn’t realise there was anything wrong until she was 22.

She just thought it was how unmarried girls who had never had sex ‘looked’. Then she saw a picture of a woman who had been circumcised – her clitoris cut out, her labia cut off and her vagina sewn up – and knew, in that moment, she had been mutilated. ‘Up until that point, I thought I was normal,’ the 23-year-old said. ‘I thought it was how virgins looked.’

Shock: Mariam is one of the millions of girls and women in Mali to undergo FGM - but it happened when she was a baby. She didn't know until she was 22 and saw a picture of what her genitals should look like. Up until that point, she believed 'that was how virgins are meant to look'

Shock: Mariam is one of the millions of girls and women in Mali to undergo FGM

In another part of Mali, a woman sits grabs her granddaughter to better explain her point, taking a fold in the young girl’s underwear between two fingers.

‘I spread their legs and hold the clitoris between my two fingers and cut the tip of it, and it’s all over in a jiffy,’ she says, proudly.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3449674/I-thought-virgin-meant-look-Muslim-FGM-victim-vagina-stitched-blade-woman-cuts-30-girls-day.html#ixzz40VnVuRlh

Bristol police successfully apply for FGM protection orders

Avon and Somerset Police have this week become the latest force in the country to aid the prevention and ending of female genital mutilation (FGM) by seizing the passports of three girls who were travelling abroad from Bristol as soon-to-be victims of the practice.

Bristol police confiscated the documents and applied for female genital mutilation protection orders (FGMPOs) for the girls under legislation implemented in July 2015. The action follows on from this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM (which falls annually on 6 February), and comes just a fortnight before Bristol-based charity Integrate holds its annual conference which will focus on a wide range of issues including radicalisation and the importance of ending FGM. It also comes three weeks before FORWARD, a charity which focuses on the ideology of communities working together to help achieve their vision of a safe world in which women can live with dignity and equality, will hold a conference in Bristol marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM and addressing the significance of ending FGM both within the city and further afield.

Read More: http://www.familylaw.co.uk/news_and_comment/Bristol-police-successfully-apply-for-FGM-protection-orders#.VrtjNPmLTIU

 

Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in London

I was shocked when I heard that London accounted for over half the number of female genital mutilation (FGM) cases recorded nationwide.

Data released in December showed 758 new incidents were reported in our capital between July and September alone, with 1,385 flagged across the rest of the country.

FGM is a practice that would seem out of place in the dark ages, and yet it is being inflicted on young people living in our city today. Its frequency is a worrying phenomenon that cannot be ignored. Yet despite its apparent prevalence in the UK, not a single conviction for the illegal practice has ever been achieved.

We as politicians need to recognise and act on this disparity between the number of barbaric and life-changing acts being committed and the complete absence of accountability for the perpetrators.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/andrew-boff/fgm-london_b_9009384.html

‘Baby FGM’ court case thrown out due to lack of proof

Prosecutors have ruled out charges over the alleged female genital mutilation of a baby from London after deciding that a police file on the case contains insufficient evidence to put before a court.

The case, which is the latest failed attempt to secure a first ever conviction in this country for carrying out FGM, involved a British child of Malaysian descent thought to have been taken abroad and subjected to “type 4” FGM when only a few months old.

The child’s family is understood to have believed that the procedure, which involves pricking the clitoris, was legal because it is common and lawful in Malaysia, and to have initially admitted the act during a routine medical consultation.

A police investigation was carried out and a file sent to the Crown Prosecution Service setting out details of a potential crime under British legislation.

Read More: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/baby-fgm-court-case-thrown-out-due-to-lack-of-proof-a3159056.html

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/

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

FGM: reporting of cases among children becomes mandatory

A duty on all teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to report child cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police will come into force next week.

New legislation announced earlier this year make such disclosures mandatory and professionals who fail to report the illegal practice in under-18s could face the sack.

Under the new law, health and social-care professionals and teachers in England and Wales will be obliged to report all cases of known FGM in under-18s, whether it is disclosed by the victim or seen by the professional.

Failure to report cases within a month, unless there are “exceptional” safeguarding issues, could result in the professionals facing internal disciplinary action or referral to regulators, which could bar them from practice.

At a conference on Monday, Karen Bradley, minister for preventing abuse and exploitation, announced the legal obligation would begin on 31 October.

Read more: http://Health professionals are required to report cases among children within a month, unless there are exceptional safeguarding issues. Failure to do so could result in them being referred to regulators. Photograph: Alamy

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