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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.

hermioneweasley Thu 14-Nov-13 20:24:47


piebald Thu 14-Nov-13 20:26:29


mumaa Thu 14-Nov-13 20:26:29


Lilacroses Thu 14-Nov-13 20:28:06


thenewqueen Thu 14-Nov-13 20:28:12


Heartbrokenmum73 Thu 14-Nov-13 20:29:43


PlateSpinningAtAllTimes Thu 14-Nov-13 20:30:57


piebald Thu 14-Nov-13 20:31:31

If you change the title of this thread you may catch more peoples attention and therefore more signatures on the petition

somewheresomehow Thu 14-Nov-13 20:33:16


MySiamese Thu 14-Nov-13 20:34:17

signed and shared

Ilovewaleswhenitrains Thu 14-Nov-13 20:34:26


KnittedJimmyChoos Thu 14-Nov-13 20:35:21


clpsmum Thu 14-Nov-13 20:35:34


OvaryAction Thu 14-Nov-13 20:36:23

Thank you all flowers

Pie what should I change to?

missmash Thu 14-Nov-13 20:36:48

Signed, but agree with piebald, think a change of title will help get more much needed signatories. Good on you for starting though.

Livingtothefull Thu 14-Nov-13 20:38:52


MrsBennington Thu 14-Nov-13 20:39:00

Much as I find FGM abhorrent I really can not see how any "action plan" or "national strategy" can work when it is the parent (carer) determined to do this in the "name" of their religion. Its hideous but it needs the communities that do this to start standing up and saying its unacceptable and not some government "initiative".

DinosaurTooScary Thu 14-Nov-13 20:41:15


OvaryAction Thu 14-Nov-13 20:44:21

MrsBennington it would help by equipping professionals who may come across children at risk with the knowledge they would need to stop it.

For example a little girl may be telling her teacher that she is going on holiday and will come back grown up, if the teacher is not aware of FGM, or is aware of FGM but is not sure what she can do about it, or who to speak to. Or even is afraid to do anything for fear of being seen as racist then the girl would be taken away and mutilated when it could have been prevented.

JackNoneReacher Thu 14-Nov-13 20:44:27

Signed, I'd love to see something done about this.

I disagree MrsB. If it became obligatory to report babies at risk or those who had already done it (with a view to prosecute) it would send a very clear message. That it will not be tolerated. Feels at the moment that it is brushed off as 'cultural' still by some.

LaGuardia Thu 14-Nov-13 20:44:32

Shared and signed.

nosleeptillbedtime Thu 14-Nov-13 20:45:25

Signed. I was appalled when a friend of mine, who is a child psychologist, defended FGM as a cultural practice!!!!!!

MrsBennington, I am not sure if is done in the name of religion, isn't it more of a cultural practice? It does largely take place in muslim communities, but does exist in some christian communities as well, as I understand it.

JackNoneReacher Thu 14-Nov-13 20:47:46

how about???

AIBU... ask for you help in stopping female genital mutilation

KungFuBustle Thu 14-Nov-13 20:48:52


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