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Live webchat with Norman Baker MP Home Office Minister on FGM. Thurs 6th Feb 12pm-1pm

(61 Posts)
KatieMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Feb-14 22:23:37


Norman Baker MP is joining us on International Day for Zero Tolerance towards Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for a live webchat.

Norman Baker is Minister of State for Crime Prevention with responsibility for domestic violence, including forced marriage, honour-based killing and FGM.

You can find out more about FGM - what it is, its risks and practices - here.

FGM is illegal in the UK, but it is estimated that up to 20,000 girls in the UK are at risk of suffering genital mutilation, and that more than 60,000 women have already been cut. Despite recent statements from the CPS that a prosecution is close, no one in the UK has ever been charged.

Do read a recent guest post from FGM survivor and mother
Leyla Hussein - 'Making sure my daughter wasn't cut is my greatest achievement' - and a guest post from survivor Nimco Ali on why the government must act to stop more girls being cut.

Both women are co-founders of Daughters of Eve, a non-profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from FGM. Their stories are harrowing, but incredibly powerful.

You can also look back at our webchat with Lynne Featherstone, during which she answered questions on FGM in her capacity as International Development Minister

Please do post your questions below in advance or join us live between 12pm and 1pm on Thurs 6th Feb.


NormanBakerMP Thu 06-Feb-14 12:58:59


More needs to be done in religious insitutions (for example mosques serving the somali community) and to get imans and other religious figures to actively condone these practices to men and women. Is anything being done on those lines?

Children need to be told very clearly who to tell and what will happen then otherwise they wont speak up.

Lynne Featherstone and I had a really good meeting with faith leaders from a wide spectrum of religious beliefs. They were all clear that there is no religious justification for FGM. I am now looking to see if we can get therm all to sign a declaration which can be displayed in places of worship.

TheGonnagle Thu 06-Feb-14 12:59:13

Hi Norman and thank you for answering my question. I am pleased to hear that the subject makes you angry, the determination of those in office to see this issue addressed is heartening. (Just got in from work off to read the rest of the thread now)

LineRunner Thu 06-Feb-14 13:00:36

I hope you get those declarations.

NormanBakerMP Thu 06-Feb-14 13:01:09

It's 1pm and I'm afraid I have to go to my next engagement (trying to deal with the illegal importation of endangered species).

Thanks very much for a bunch of stimulating questions and for taking such an interest.

Best wishes


Thank you, I hope it's been helpful

Treaclepot Thu 06-Feb-14 13:04:40

Norman, thank you for answering my questions. I think the imans and otehr religus leaders need to actively address the issue, as just a writtennnotice will be ignored, and also a number of the people I know from Somalia cannot read any language well.


whichdidyouchoose Thu 06-Feb-14 13:37:19

Don't you find it incredible that this practice is generally carried out by women?

whichdidyouchoose Thu 06-Feb-14 13:41:44

Good to know Norman has ticked one off his to do list, now he's off to the zoo and he is also a closet American in that he thanks us a bunch.

whichdidyouchoose Thu 06-Feb-14 13:47:45

"Thanks very much for a bunch of stimulating questions and for taking such an interest"

That doesn't sound like a MP to me it does sound like one of their Research Assistant's, many of whom happen to be American.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 07-Feb-14 09:33:34

Which, he didn't say "thanks a bunch ", he says thanks for a bunch of questions. MNHQ typically types the answers of the guests.

Good webchat, thank you.

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