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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

97,607 signatures so far.

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

link to petition

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

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

Signed and bumped

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

94000 signatures
'only' 6000 to go!

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

Already signed but bumping...

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

sign and shared

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


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


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

please sign if you haven't done so yet!

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.

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


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

another bump

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


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

Afternoon bump

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

Morning Bump

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


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

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

LambinsideaDuckinsideaTrout Fri 06-Dec-13 12:02:59


OvaryAction Fri 06-Dec-13 10:55:42

The number of signatures is slowly creeping up, I'm really appalled at how long it's taking though. Do the general public not give a shit that around the world a little girl is being held down and mutilated every ten seconds?

Signing this petition and getting parliament to debate this is the first step to making sure that, at least in the UK, girls are protected from having to undergo this harmful practice.

mousmous Fri 06-Dec-13 10:17:21

go to the e-petitin website
click on 'sign this petition' and then the steps will be explained.

Tuhlulah Thu 05-Dec-13 21:48:29

How do I sign this? What do I do?

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