Friday, December 28, 2012

Liberian journalist threatened

'Her problems and prominence began on March 8, 2012, when her story on Liberian tribes that continue the traditional practice of female genital cutting--known as mutilation by critics--was published in the newspaper FrontPage Africa.'

http://womensenews.org/story/journalist-the-month/121226/liberian-journalist-threatened-fgm-coverage

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The day I saw 248 girls suffering genital mutilation

'During the morning, 248 Indonesian girls undergo the same ordeal. Suminah is the oldest, the youngest is just five months. It is April 2006 and the occasion is a mass ceremony to perform sunat perempuan or "female circumcision" that has been held annually since 1958 by the Bandung-based Yayasan Assalaam, an Islamic foundation that runs a mosque and several schools. The foundation holds the event in the lunar month of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday, and pays parents 80,000 rupiah (£6) and a bag of food for each daughter they bring to be cut.'

'We visited seven hospitals chosen at random. Only one, Hermina, a specialist maternity hospital, said it did not perform sunat perempuan. The other six all gave package prices, varying from 300,000 rupiah to 550,000 rupiah (£20-£36), for infant vaccinations, ear piercing and genital cutting within two months of birth.'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/18/female-genital-mutilation-circumcision-indonesia

Sunday, October 14, 2012

FGM significantly reduces sexual quality of life, suggests new study

'“FGM is a harmful and unacceptable practice. This study highlights that it has a lasting impact not only physically but emotionally. It is important that healthcare workers are aware of FGM and with an expansion of the migrant population they may see increasing numbers of women affected.”'

http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/PressRelease/pressReleaseId-105557.html

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FGM can be stopped

The key is to go slowly, to inform to educate and then even 'enemies' start to work together to get rid of this monster that FGM is. Reconstructive surgery can help the victims in their every day life.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18976217

Friday, July 13, 2012

Will FGM rise in Egypt?

'Despite a 1996 ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Egypt, the issue continues to be a divisive one, especially amid fears that the ban could be reversed under an Islamist government.'

'Amid the rising speculations that FGM would be legalized in Egypt, the Freedom and Justice Party was accused in May of sending a large medical convoy into the village of Abu Aziz in the Minya governorate, south of Cairo which offered to perform the operation for as little as 30 Egyptian pounds ($4.90).'

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/07/12/225982.html

Thursday, July 5, 2012

First time in Switzerland

'In a first for Switzerland, a court has handed down a sentence for forcing female genital mutilation.'

http://worldradio.ch/wrs/news/wrsnews/first-sentencing-for-female-genital-mutilation.shtml?31399

Thursday, June 7, 2012

FGM in Britain

'Every year upwards of 20,000 young girls in Britain are at risk, or already victim, of female genital mutilation (FGM, or 'cutting'). Yet never has there been a successful court case in the UK against the perpetrators of this barbaric child abuse. '

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/hilary-burrage/female-genital-mutilation-britain_b_1573845.html

Monday, May 28, 2012

Female circumcision trial in France

'When one of their younger daughters, age 7, was admitted to the hospital for heavy vaginal bleeding in 2009, hospital staff discovered both younger daughters had been circumcised. The parents again denied any knowledge of the procedure.'

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/05/27/Female-circumcision-trial/UPI-88241338163243/#ixzz1w8mWYJIP

Friday, May 25, 2012

'Good' reasons

It is hard to believe that 95% is mutilated despite all the "good reasons" mentioned in the article.

" ... Egyptian families still view circumcision as necessary to protect girls' chastity. Most girls are cut by the time they reach puberty."

""If a girl is not purified, she will just go hook up with men. This protects women's honour."

""No one can get married without it," said the girl."

"Egypt lives in peace and security because there is circumcision."  Euhh, what did I miss?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/08/20/idUSL30168862

Liberia Journalist in Hiding After Writing Genital Mutilation Expose

'A Liberian journalist says she has been forced into hiding after lifting the lid on initiation rituals, including genital mutilation, by a secretive women’s society.'

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/liberia-journalist-in-hiding-after-writing-genital-mutilation-expose/507752

Mutilating bodies: the Muslim Brotherhood’s gift to Egyptian women

'In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood have offered to circumcise women for a nominal fee as part of their community services, a move that threatens to reverse decades of local struggle against the harmful practice argues Mariz Tadros'

http://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/mariz-tadros/mutilating-bodies-muslim-brotherhood%E2%80%99s-gift-to-egyptian-women

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lift the ban on FGM in Egypt?

What to think about this?

''"It [female genital mutilation] is a personal decision and each woman can decide based on her needs. If she needs it, she can go to a doctor."'
http://www.businessinsider.com/azza-garf-egypt-female-circumcision-2012-4#ixzz1tIx0XMjT

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Nearly 100,000 women in Britain have undergone female genital mutilations

How is this possible in 2012 in the UK?

'According to research every year up to 6,000 girls in London are at risk of the potentially fatal procedure, and more than 22,000 in the UK as a whole. The Metropolitan Police said since 2008, it had received 166 reports of people who fear they are at risk of FGM but it has failed to bring forward a single perpetrator. Only two doctors have ever been struck off by The General Medical Council since 1980.'

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120423/Thousands-of-women-in-UK-undergo-genital-mutilation-each-year-Report.aspx

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

movement to abolish female mutilation in Sudan and Sierra Leone

'Through her trips to Africa, Gruenbaum said she has seen change promoted by the teaching of the Quran, UNICEF posters and groups that use acting and music to educate the public about genital mutilation. During one of her trips, she even came across a soccer tournament that was held with the goal of educating young men about the practice, she said.'

http://www.bsudailynews.com/speaker-informs-students-about-female-genital-mutilation-1.2730040

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Men force wives to undergo FGM

Will this ever end?

'"Those who evaded the cut are now being forced to undergo the cultural practice or their husbands be denied land inheritance," said Women Rights Institute for Peace (Wrip) Executive Director Mariam Suleiman while releasing the report.'

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/news/InsidePage.php?id=2000055100&cid=159&story=Men%20force%20wives%20to%20undergo%20FGM

3,000 girls in Ireland underwent female genital mutilation

'New legislation has outlawed female genital mutilation in Ireland, where over 3,000 women are believed to have undergone the procedure.'

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/3000-girls-in-Ireland-underwent-female-genital-mutilation---144863635.html

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Men force wives to undergo FGM

'The report also revealed change of season for practicing FGM from December to August to avoid media spotlight and scrutiny from Government agencies."Those who evaded the cut are now being forced to undergo the cultural practice or their husbands be denied land inheritance," said Women Rights Institute for Peace (Wrip) Executive Director Mariam Suleiman while releasing the report.'

http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000055100&cid=159

Journalist 'is going to pay the prize'

'A Liberian journalist says she has been forced into hiding after lifting the lid on initiation rituals, including genital mutilation, by a secretive women’s society.'
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/liberia-journalist-in-hiding-after-writing-genital-mutilation-expose/507752

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Beating female genital mutilation 'will take education not activism'

'"We cannot make a community publicly denounce a tradition of several thousand years unless they know exactly how it is harming them," he explained.'

http://www.figo.org/news/beating-female-genital-mutilation-will-take-education-not-activism-009896

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Young girls trained as anti-FGM ambassadors

'This illustrates how many Sabiny girls are determined to take FGM next year despite President Museveni prohibiting the practice and describing FGM as crude, outdated and an infringement on the rights of the girl-child.
For Mr. Samson Chelimo her father, the fact that the words were coming from his own daughter, was a shock in itself. Why? Sabiny girls are not supposed to respond to their fathers and elders in this form; they are expected to sit a distance away from their parents, listen, and do whatever the elders have decided.'

http://www.keycorrespondents.org/2012/01/03/young-girls-trained-as-anti-fgm-ambassadors/