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Maimuna Jawo being deported and FORCED to perform FGM - PETITION

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Bogeyface Wed 30-Jul-14 20:24:25

This woman is the SIL of my mum's friend and she is terrified of being sent back.

The UK government, which has recently pledged to do all it can to end the practice of female genital mutilation, has refused her request for asylum despite the fact that she will be beaten and could be murdered if she refuses to cut these girls.

PLEASE on behalf of every little girl she saves from FGM, sign this petition and share it with everyone you can.

The text below is copied from the petition website.



Maimuna Jawo, from The Gambia, is a committed fighter for women’s rights, and a leader in the Movement for Justice. Back home she is the next in line to follow her mother and grandmother in the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) – circumcision - after her mother died prematurely. Maimuna made the bold decision to leave the country because it was the only way she to make sure she could not be forced to carry out FGM on the girls and young women of her village. While Maimuna is gone, the village elders have no one to do FGM, and a long list of girls are being saved from the torture of being blindfolded, and fully conscious, while their gentials are cut away.

Stopped from going to school, she was given no choice about her future. For years she had to assist and witness cutting - it is a torture that she refuses to carry out.

*The British government equalities minister speaking in July 2012 stated: 'Female Genital Mutilation is an abhorrent crime and we are very clear that those found to practice it should feel the full force of the law. As a government, we are also working with UK and international agencies to help prevent women and girls being subjected to this horrific practice.'
The Home Office website declares 'In the UK, it is estimated that up to 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation.'*

YET Maimuna – a would-be practitioner who is preventing FGM by refusing to do it – has been denied asylum, brushed off, and could soon be sent back, at the discretion of the British Home Office, to be forced to cut girls putting more lives at risk.

Maimuna has prevented FGM in the most effective way possible because she has removed the option of FGM and strengthened every woman who did not want FGM for themselves or their daughter. When Maimuna went to the UKBA to claim asylum they immediately detained her, rushed her case through on fast-track in a constant state of vulnerability without any realistic chance to gather evidence, and with no serious attention to the truth about FGM, or how it is done, or the society in which it is carried out, Maimuna’s case was refused in a month. The Judge at appeal referred to the clothes Maimuna wore in her passport photo as being proof against her while a letter of threat from the village elders demanding Maimuna return was dismissed.

The elders – the drivers of FGM are absolutely serious about protecting and continuing the practice in a changing world. For them to get women who have experienced the torture themselves to keep bringing their daughters forward, they must provide a practitioner who belongs and is accountable to the village and tribe, has trained for many years, and is therefore trusted by the mothers. Anything less would provide a reason to refuse FGM. Those who are ambivalent could firmly refuse FGM without invoking the problems they would face by objecting directly. Losing the confidence of the mothers in their practitioner endangers the practice itself.

Maimuna’s absence is a problem the elders have tried to solve by increasing threats of punishment and harassment of her family. If sent back to The Gambia she would have to face the elders again, and no police or state body would protect a defiant woman who has gone against her elders – this would undermine the system. The elders are the source of authority in the villages and tribes, they settle the disputes, they are the law, and if they cannot force her to give in, they could kill her.

RandomMess Wed 30-Jul-14 20:26:19

About to sign sad

RandomMess Wed 30-Jul-14 20:29:02

Wish I had the money in my paypal account to promote this on my FB account!

I have signed and shared on Facebook.

I hope it helps, it would be terrible to send her back. sad

BathroomTiles Wed 30-Jul-14 20:31:49

Signed. sad

MrsLeonard Wed 30-Jul-14 20:32:10


Bogeyface Wed 30-Jul-14 20:32:49

Its disgraceful isnt it?

She is saying no to FGM and they are sending her back knowing she will be forced to perform it!

Could anyone help me with press contacts who might be interested in this story? We need to get it out there as much as we can.

InternetFOREVER Wed 30-Jul-14 20:34:32


EveDallasRetd Wed 30-Jul-14 20:36:05

Signed and shared

TeWiSavesTheDay Wed 30-Jul-14 20:38:47

Signed and shared.

HairyPotter Wed 30-Jul-14 20:39:14

Signed sad

Shia Wed 30-Jul-14 20:40:58

When her daughter was eight years old, Maimuna was forced to help hold her down whilst the murilation was carried our on her daughter. Presumably by the child's grandmother.

"My name is Maimuna Jawo. I'm from the Gambia. My grandma was a cutter and she trained my mum to be a cutter, and my mum decided to choose me to train me how to cut. So I was happy when I was young, when I was like eight, 10, 11 years to do the training. But it comes when I was like 15, that's when I realised that no, this is not a job I should do because … That's when I stop going to school, when I start losing friends, that's when I start again feeling the pain that the girls are having. But I don't know how to stop it, with the elders, and they were repeatedly telling me you should have a strong heart.

When I have my daughter, that's when I even said no to it because can you imagine holding your own daughter's leg and they are cutting her? Your daughter is crying, screaming, asking for help and it's only mum who can help a daughter. And by that time there is nothing I can do, I just have to hold my daughter for them to cut her, and it was like horrible to me and I said, 'Oh my God this is something I will not do.'"

firstposts Wed 30-Jul-14 20:41:07


GiveTwoSheets Wed 30-Jul-14 20:41:11


weegiemum Wed 30-Jul-14 20:44:21

Signed and shared on Facebook.

What a courageous woman!

tinypumpkin Wed 30-Jul-14 20:47:27

Unbelievable. Have signed. I truly hope that this can be stopped.

Signed and will share

caramelwaffle Wed 30-Jul-14 20:47:52

Will sign and share.

BoldBlackCherry Wed 30-Jul-14 20:49:12

Signed and shared.


petalsandstars Wed 30-Jul-14 20:49:15

Signed and shared

Pleasenomorepeppa Wed 30-Jul-14 20:51:51

Signed & shared on a Facebook.

ExcuseTypos Wed 30-Jul-14 20:55:22



MarkWrightsLonelyBraincell Wed 30-Jul-14 21:02:06


FortyFacedFuckers Wed 30-Jul-14 21:03:35


bogeyface that petition was started in Jan 2013 - what's the current position, where is this lady living now?

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