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FGM in the UK, illegal since 1985 but no prosecutions, how can we change this?

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OvaryAction Thu 14-Nov-13 20:20:56

I have just read this article stating that two people have been arrested for performing Female Genital Mutilation on a baby less than two months old.

The UK's efforts to end FGM are being seriously held back by a lack of national strategy or action plan. There are plenty of guidelines out there for teachers, midwives, social workers, police and so on, but they are not obligatory reading and many people in positions where they could identify victims and girls and women at risk are simply not aware of the problem or the role they could play in fixing it. this documentary explains this problem very well and the woman presenting it has created a petition asking the home office to act now and create an effective national action plan.

Please, please sign it and share it. FGM breaches numerous human rights including the right to no torture, inhuman or degrading treatment and causes lifelong physical and psychological trauma to it's survivors. In some cases FGM is fatal.

Tuhlulah Fri 06-Dec-13 14:57:18

Thank you. Am waiting for my e-mail confirmation.

Tuhlulah Fri 06-Dec-13 16:22:39


eewop Sat 07-Dec-13 07:54:40

Morning Bump

LambinsideaDuckinsideaTrout Sat 07-Dec-13 14:43:26

Afternoon bump

mousmous Sat 07-Dec-13 16:53:25


mousmous Sun 08-Dec-13 16:32:34

another bump

OvaryAction Tue 10-Dec-13 15:52:28


caruthers Tue 10-Dec-13 16:27:45

It disgusts me that FGM is not prosecuted aggresively in this country.
Culturally based abuse shouldn't be allowed to continue and we need to start jailing the people responsible for the continuation of this horrible practice.

mousmous Wed 11-Dec-13 21:18:20

please sign if you haven't done so yet!

NadiaWadia Thu 12-Dec-13 11:35:39


NadiaWadia Sat 14-Dec-13 16:34:56


FortyDoorsToNowhere Sat 14-Dec-13 17:50:43

sign and shared

LittlePeaPod Sat 14-Dec-13 19:10:27

Already signed but bumping...

mousmous Tue 17-Dec-13 18:04:22

94000 signatures
'only' 6000 to go!

GuyMartinsSideburns Tue 17-Dec-13 19:41:27

Signed and bumped

mousmous Fri 20-Dec-13 16:30:36

I was hoping that the target could be reached by christmas.
doesn't really look like it now sad

mousmous Sat 11-Jan-14 12:12:33

link to petition

mousmous Fri 17-Jan-14 10:35:41

97,607 signatures so far.

Norem Sun 26-Jan-14 20:22:09

Petition now stands at 100444!!!
Well done everyone.
I am a health worker and will refer any child I meet that is at risk of fgm to social services.

JackNoneReacher Thu 06-Feb-14 10:51:25

Bumping to bring your attention to the live webchat today on this topic

ShowMeTheCocoa Wed 19-Mar-14 09:52:03

Please, please give to this campaign. An African man is making a documentary to try and change people's attitudes in East Africa and he only has 5 days left of fundraising.

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