FGM Association Worldwide (FAW)
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FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION ASSOCIATION WORLDWIDE

THIS GROUP WAS STARTED BY DR PHOEBE ABE-OKWONGA IN March 2013.
She had been inspired by the number of women attending her GP (General Practitioner) clinics in Berkshire and Middlesex.
These women all had FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) of different grades, ie types I-IV.
Dr Abe and a group of these women decided to call the group FAW as above.
Dr Abe and others will help encourage these women:

  • To identify their FGM-related problems, both medical and social;
  • To work together and empower one another;
  • To find out about the laws that safeguard them and their daughters from FGM;
  • To be aware of Parliamentary and Home Office guidelines on FGM in the United Kingdom and abroad;
  • To work with their families together to overcome some of the medical and social problems that FGM presents; and
  • To communicate with our counterpart in the countries where FGM is practised.

At present it is noted that FGM is practised in 28 countries in Africa:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Sudan, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda.
There are also reported cases from South America Asia and Middle East.
These women want to stop FGM altogether, and they want to stop it in the not-too-distant future.
 


HELPING TO END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN IN AFRICA

Key facts
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
  • The procedure has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15
  • In Africa an estimated 101 million girls 10 years old and above have undergone FGM.
  • FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
Read more from the World Health Organization Fact Sheet on Female genital mutilation



THE DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sometimes known as cutting (FGC), is an extremely harmful practice that affects up to 140 million women around the world, with 3 million girls in Africa at risk of undergoing it each year.TheDepartment for International Development is working to support efforts to end FGM through a new programme to reduce the practice by 30% in at least 10 countries in the next 5 years. Read all the Deatails about the work they will be carrying outhere




NEWS UPDATES



Fahma Mohamed at the Women of the Year Lunch at the Intercontinental Park Lane hotel with Stephen Lawrence’s mother, Doreen.


Bristol schoolgirl Fahma Mohamed, the face of a Guardian-backed campaign to raise awareness of female genital mutilation in schools, has been awarded Good Housekeeping’s outstanding young campaigner of the year award.

The award recognises “an extraordinary young woman’s determination and campaigning spirit, in her commitment to preventing the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and warnings to protect girls across the UK”, said the organisers, who presented the 17-year-old with the award at an event in London on Monday.

Mohamed was the face of the EndFGM Guardian campaign that launched in February and called on the then education secretary, Michael Gove, to write to all teachers in England and Wales, warning them of the dangers of FGM.Within three weeks, her petition on Change.org had attracted more than 230,000 signatures and garnered the public support of Pakistani girls’ education campaigner

MalalaYousafzai and the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, who said he had been inspired after meeting Mohamed.

After sustained pressure Gove agreed to meet Mohamed and fellow campaigners from the charity Integrate Bristol, and finally agreed to write to all teachers about the practice.

Speaking at the awards, which were introduced by the actor Lindsay Lohan and attended by more than 450 women, Mohamed said: “There are so many women in the UK campaigning for what they believe in and it still hasn’t sunk in that the judges chose to give me this award. I’m excited to be named as one of the women of the year and to meet other campaigners at the lunch.

“This award is for all the young people of Integrate Bristol who have worked so hard over the past five years – I feel it’s acknowledging the importance of eradicating FGM and protecting the rights of girls all over the world.”

Lindsay Nicholson, editorial director of Good Housekeeping, who presented Mohamed with the award, said she was living proof that youth was no barrier to effective campaigning.

“We are delighted to honour Fahma Mohamed, who proves that you don’t need access, influence or a large staff to effect real change – just passion, drive and overwhelming determination,” she said.

Mohamed started volunteering with Integrate Bristol, a youth-led charity that campaigns against FGM, inequality and gender-based violence, when she was 14. She took one of the main roles in the play My Normal Life in June 2013, and became one of three young trustees of the charity at the age of 16.

Mohamed won one of six awards, which also went to the campaigner, cook and Guardian contributor Jack Monroe, Irish children’s rights campaigner Christina Noble, Zimbabwean lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa and paediatric first aid campaigner Joanne Thompson.

The award for woman of the year was won by women’s rights campaigner Diana Nammi, director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation.




FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: BRISTOL STUDY FINDS 117 CASES

More than 100 women seen by midwives in Bristol over the past nine months have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), NHS data has revealed
. 

Read the whole article here




THE WOMAN WHO IS INSPIRING AFRICANS TO TURN AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

A revolutionary education programme that has saved tens of thousands of African girls from female genital mutilation could work in London, claims the woman behind the scheme.

The community empowerment programme, set up in Senegal by American Molly Melching, is having a domino effect as village after village declares its daughters will no longer be cut.


Read the whole article here
 



FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: CARING FOR PATIENTS AND SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN


Read up on Female Genital Mutilation practice guidelines for professionals | RCM Midwives Communities:

userfiles/file/femalegenitalmutilation (2).pdf



THE ARGUMENT ABOUT FGM IS ENDLESS.

Self-taught former minister in a no-holds-barred interview on his love for war heroes and books, plus working with dictators and cowards
A look at leaders and their reading habits

NO PEACE WITH OUIT JUSTICE


NPWJ News Digest on FGM & women's rights


READ ALL ARTICLES HERE


Hospitals and Clinics in the UK offering Specialist FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) Services

Read the list and contact details of Hospitals and Clinics in the UK offering specialist Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) health services.


Statement Opposing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
In November 2012 HM Government launched a one year pilot of the cross government declaration against female genital mutilation (FGM).  Read More Here


Prevalence of female genital mutilation by country Read More Here


Stopping FGM
At Daughters of Eve we are committed to supporting young people who are at risk of FGM or who have had FGM. But our long-term aim is to work towards the elimination of the practice, so that no one has to live at risk of FGM. Read More


KENYA: ENDING THE MUTILATION
A SENSITIVE ISSUE Read More


CSW57-Working to end violence against women in its many forms
Because of its scale, multiple manifestations and impacts, violence against women and girls constitutes a major public health, as well as human rights, challenge. UNFPA takes a leadership role in addressing such violence, in its many forms, because it jeopardizes the reproductive health and well-being of women and girls in many situations.
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Female genital mutilation (FGM)
FGM is a criminal offence any concern, uncertainty, suspicion or evidence should be discussed with social care.
Please find below links to information and advice about female genital mutilation (FGM):

http://www.egfl.org.uk/

FGM is not a Taboo Topic; it is Widely Discussed withing the community.
Female Genital Mutilation is not a new phenomenon, even in the UK; indeed we saw revised legislation in the FGM Act 2003, the backdrop to a campaign by the Metropolitan Police to increase reporting from the community.
Read More


The Victoria Climbié Foundation UK (VCF)
Read up more about FGM
Here


FGM Seminar, Harrow.

Hosted by the Harrow Local Safeguarding Children Board on Friday 28th September, the aim of this event was to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among professionals, raise awareness and prevention in the community, provide an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the issues around FGM and to gain a broader understanding of the long-term health implications for victims, and how care professionals have overcome challenges around diagnosis and treatment.
Read More


GP demands urgent action to help identify more victims of FGM | Slough | News | Slough Observer
Read More Here


What happened when anti-FGM campaigner asked people in the street to sign a petition in favour of mutilating girls Read More


FGM: 'It's like neutering animals' – the film that is changing Kurdistan
A film made over 10 years with the stories of girls and women affected by female genital mutilation is tackling a taboo subject
Read More




2014 NEWS UPDATES


London Doctor Sureshkumar Vallabhdas Pandya Accused Of Carrying Out Female Genital Mutilation
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FGM Is Not 'Cultural': It Is Violence against Women and Girls

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Teachers monitor girls for mutilation -TEACHERS are to be asked by the government to report suspected cases of genital mutilation of their pupils. Read More




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Email:
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