Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fatwa against FGM

'The symposium brought together Islamic Scholars from Egypt, Sudan, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, in addition to an elite of scholars and imams from Mauritania.'


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Designer vagina

It is absolutely true what is said in the article but there is one major difference: in the case of FGM we're talking about little children who are not old enough to take such important decisions. And on top of that their opinion isn't asked for and doesn't count anyway.

In the case of labiaplasty or any other surgical intervention we're supposedly dealing with adults who are old, intelligent and mature enough to listen to the 'advantages' and inconveniences and make a decision. They have a choice; those little children do not.


FGM continues in Senegal despite promises

'Yet a decade later, here, and in many of the 2,657 villages in Senegal, Guinea and Burkina Faso that have since made similar declarations, there are worrying signs that FGM/C still exists.

Just a few minutes walk from the marching bands, dancing and countless congratulatory speeches, a village elder stood outside her canteen, chastising the fanfare as a farce. “They haven’t really abandoned the practice,” she said of the women of Malicounda Bambara. “The same women who are publicly declaring it has been abandoned are continuing to cut,” she said.'

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Financial Institutions Pay Lip Service Only

'Every day, 6,000 girls endure female genital mutilation (FGM), which means that in any given year two million young women will be subject to a procedure that severely hampers their long-term health.'


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

London: Schools to tackle genital mutilation

'It is estimated that some 20,000 girls in the UK could be subjected to FGM. Each year, 6,500 girls in central London alone could face FGM, making it the city with the highest number of girls at risk in Europe.'


Monday, November 14, 2011

Event on 21/11 in Brussels, Belgium

'A l'occasion de la Quinzaine de la Femme organis√©e par la Ville de Bruxelles, le GAMS Belgique a le plaisir de vous inviter √† la projection du film « Fuuta, le temps est venu d’en parler », produit par Respect for change en collaboration avec l'ONG Tostan.'


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Female Genital Mutilation, by the Numbers

'Despite the recent bans, many do still practice female genital mutilation on young girls. Here's a breakdown of the numbers on female genital mutilation in our world today.'


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Law alone won’t end female circumcision

'They argue that the first approach should be to create awareness and persuade communities to abandon the unnecessary, risky and illegal cultural practice.“We prefer a non-confrontational approach so as not to strain the girls’ relationship with their community, and it usually works. However, if dialogue fails, then the law can come in to protect the girl,” says Grace Senewa, a World Vision a project coordinator in Narok.'

This remark is probably very true. The first thing that needs to be done is change what is going on in the heads of the people. Once they understand and realize that FGM is completely unnecessary and has no advantages then and only then will it diminish and eventually disappear.


Saturday, August 13, 2011


This is an interesting overview of FGM (there are several of these overviews on the Net) but the interesting part is the one where the author compares the consequences of FGM and the women wanting a designer vagina.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The 5 Most Dangerous Countries for Women

About a third of all the women on this planet live in a 'dangerous country' according to this poll ...


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

FGM in London and police prevention

Fantastic initiative set up by the police, a combination of information and prevention. Too bad though this is still necessary in Europe in 2011 ...

'About 6,500 girls in London are at risk of being taken back to their countries of origin at the start of the school summer holidays, allowing them time to recover from their wounds before returning to school in September.'


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Female circumcision: orgasm still

I'm neither a doctor nor a researcher so I don't know what to think about this:

'Her study squares with the findings of Italian researcher Lucrezia Catania, also presented at the world sexual health congress, WAS.
After all, the little bump we think of as the clitoris is actually only the tip, she points out. In fact the clitoris carries on deep inside the body. So even if the tip is cut off, there’s plenty left for stimulation.'

It is really doubtful this finding will help the cause of eliminating FGM.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Kenya: Legislation failing to curb FGM/C

'"When people see me and I smile at them, they think I like what I went through... [but] I wish I could run away," she told IRIN. "My grandmother said I must be cut so I can be a good girl in future.

"I was afraid to go, but they forced me and now I am feeling a lot of pain. I can't go to school until I heal," she added.

Ruth's father says the pain is worth the respect she will earn from the community as a circumcised woman.'

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kepstono Rotwo or Abandon the Knife

'But these young girls can. They've seen their mothers suffer and they want no part of it, but it isn't just Kepstono and a few recalcitrant girls who are fighting against the cutting. There are some Mothers who are putting their marriages on the line in order to save their daughters.'


Maimuna Kanyamala

'Meet Maimuna Kanyamala, the executive director of Kivulini Women’s Rights Organization in Mwanza.
Earlier this week, she was recognised by the US Embassy in Tanzania as the ‘2011 Tanzanian Woman of Courage’ for her efforts in promoting women’s rights in Tanzania.'


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Way to go

"Senegal passed a law forbidding FGM in 1999 but the practice continues in parts of the country and will only stop when communities themselves choose to do so, based on their understanding of the merits of such a decision, groups advocating for a rights-based approach have said.

“It is their decision and their decision alone without anybody patronising them,” said Rose Diop, the community mobilisation officer for Tostan Senegal, the organisation that has been promoting the community-based approach that proved successful in Keur Simbara."


Sunday, February 20, 2011

How one woman can win the battle against a whole village

"the fight to end female genital mutilation (FGM) often seems like a losing battle because it's so entrenched in some cultures, and the practice is perpetuated by women - mothers and grandmothers - who feel they are doing the right thing for their daughters. This story of Abay, and her 20-year effort to stop the practice of FGM in her community, is an amazing testament to the power of determination..."

This story shows/proves once again how important information and/or education is. The men of this village apparently didn't know at all what FGM was about. So, a courageous women made a little film and decided to show it to the men despite the fact that FGM is still a subject you don't even talk about. And guess what: the village decided to stop the mutilation.


Monday, February 7, 2011

EU committed to eradicating FGM

"The European Union is committed to eradicating female genital mutilation, the bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday, calling the practice an "exceptionally brutal crime.""


Positive news

At least some good news but there is still a lot of work to do.

"“Three years into the programme, more than 6,000 communities in Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Guinea and Somalia have already abandoned FGM/C,” according to a joint statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake."


It's still taboo to talk about FGM but ...

... every so often a woman decides to speak up and let the world know (it that is at all possible) what the consequences are of a "two-minute cut" during childhood. It of course affects their life and that for the rest of their life.

"She speaks candidly about her physical mutilation and its effects on her sex life. “I’m often reluctant to have sex,” she confides. “Sometimes I manage to reach a climax, but only because my husband helps me. We try hard to create the right mood.” But she is not content with only having occasional orgasms. “I would like to feel complete, both physically and emotionally. I want to overcome my inferiority complex.” She is considering having an operation to reverse her circumcision."


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Did you realise that today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM?

I asked around and nobody knew this. Indeed if you do an internet search there are very few events or happenings covering this subject. But yet reality tell us this:

"Feb. 6, 2011, marks the ninth International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. An estimated 100 million to 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and more than 3 million girls are at risk for cutting each year on the African continent alone." 


Let's go to the Tahrir Square to protest ....

" ... the custom of female genital mutilation, which is so widespread in Egypt that 95 percent of the country's women are estimated to have undergone the procedure."

It is really difficult to believe that almost all Egyptian women are mutilated despite all the "good reasons" mentioned in the article.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The world without FGM by 2025

"The Orchid Project has a simple vision: a world free from female genital cutting.*

This is possible within the next generation. We want to work with local, national and international organisations, who together can end FGC.

We want to raise awareness, gain support and ensure there are more resources to allow us to end FGC by 2025."