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IDP (Internally Displaced People) 1986-2010
Uganda. Africa. The Saga Continues

Dr Phoebe Abe worked with the IDP children. Dr Abe says, “Yes I agree with the suffering of these children and we must never give up but continue to work with them. This 4 year old little child I am carrying may one day be President of Uganda or a leader of his tribe because who knows what destiny has in store!” Whenever I come visit he walks slowly, taps my lap and with his palms in a supine position begs gently and says “tinga ba”(please carry me) and when I am leaving he would ask “ibidwogo awene ka ii tingo wa ci keliwa tyang ki labolo ” (when are you coming back so you can carry us and bring us sugarcane and bananas” ) All they need is a little love and simple smile.

I was back again last week 6th February 2016 in Gulu, and the situation is worse. They need help. Please donate to support my work.

I heard my friend’s daughter had died in Kampala and flew out to give her big bear hug. This was a simple gesture of moral support. I could not just stop in Kampala so I drove up to Gulu to see my people. On my way I rang them and said I would be arriving at 7:00 pm.
On arrival nearly 300 of them had turned up.
The food was all prepared. Of course on my way to Gulu I got the usual request from the little children. ‘Keliwa tyang ki labolo’
So, as they asked, I picked up the bananas and sugarcane, carrying them on my lap. However, this is not enough: we need to do more.
With no water or food, with poor health conditions and an absence of maternal and family planning, these children find themselves in situations they just cannot live in.

Family Planning:
One mother has three sets of twins aged 6, 4, and 2 year old and a 6-month-old baby brother. This is all very good but she says she cannot feed them as there is no welfare or healthcare system as in the UK. One mother has 9 children from 6 different fathers. What is so painful is that there are so many of these children and no one knows what to do with or for them. They are roaming in the villages and streets all day long. The days of the camps were affordable because collectively they were given food by the many NGOs (at one time there were over 600 of them in Gulu alone) who were in the region and the women put the handouts together and cooked at least one meal a day. The parents who grew up in the camps had not been prepared for the uncertain future they now find themselves in. They only knew how to roam and now that they are parents, they continue to roam. Their children are doing the same. When they grow up how far will they roam? There is nothing for them to do in their country. What is the next solution? To make their way into Europe?
No: we must rescue these children and improve their conditions at their source, in Africa.

Quotation:
http://acholitimes.com/2015/12/16/northern-uganda-worse-place-for-children-usaid-uganda-director/

“Northern Uganda is the worst place to be a child in the world,” Mark Meassick, the Uganda Director of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has said.
He was speaking in Gulu during the first regional forum on the state of the Ugandan child in December 2015.

Dr Abe visited Gulu again on 6th February 2016. Three year old Anyaka above, had severe falciparum malaria. Her belly was full of parasites/worms. She had good medical treatment in the clinic. She had to be admitted to be rehydrated and dewormed professionally simply because Dr. Abe personally sent her to hospital. On her return home, tragedy struck again because Anyaka got burnt both on the legs and arms with porridge splattered on her by her 6 years old twin sisters as they fought for a serving.

Here I met this little child Anyaka among thousands in the region who roam around the whole day sometimes abandoned or left alone to fend for themselves. Fathers are not there. Mothers roam around too looking for support of handouts of goods like bundles of salts from political campaigners after waiting there the whole day or night till the closing time for the campaign. Anyaka has 7 brothers and sisters and their 21 year old mother is single and never been married.

Meassick noted that to be a child in Northern Uganda and grow up healthy is most challenging thing young people in the region face.
The USAID Uganda director pointed out that early pregnancy, sexual abuse, child labour and HIV/Aids are some of the challenges young girls in Northern Uganda face. He said that 1 in 4 girls get pregnant before their 18th birthday, the highest rate in Africa, adding that three quarters of girls face sexual violence in school with teachers being the main perpetrators.
Of 100 children who join primary education in Northern Uganda, said the USAID director, only five are likely to complete the school process.
Other factors which makes northern Uganda a risky place are:
  • The high mortality rate which stands at 107 for every 1000 live births
  • HIV/Aids infection stands at 6.7% among youth between the age of 14-24
  • Poverty rate at 62% among children

A 2011 UNICEF report indicates that the prevalence of child marriages is highest in northern Uganda at 59%, followed by western region (58%), Eastern region (52%), East Central (52%), West Nile(50%), Central (41%), South West (37%) and lowest in Kampala (21%).

 
GMB NORTH WEST AND IRELAND ANNUAL WOMEN''S CONFERENCE 2014 LIVERPOOL
Mary Turner opening the GMB Womans Conference in Liverpool hosted by Paul McCarthy North West and Irish Regional secretary Brian Nott talking about woman for peace and justice in columbia at the GMB Womans Conference in Liverpool hosted by Paul McCarthy North West and Irish Regional secretary Clare Hargreaves a GMB workplace rep at the GMB Womans Conference in Liverpool hosted by Paul McCarthy North West and Irish Regional secretary Jill Maslitt from MacMillan at the GMB Womans Conference in Liverpool hosted by Paul McCarthy North West and Irish Regional secretary Giovanna Holt GMB senior organiser at the GMB Womans Conference in Liverpool hosted by Paul McCarthy North West and Irish Regional secretary Dr Phoebe Abe on FGM female genital mutilation at the GMB Womans Conference in Liverpool hosted by Paul McCarthy North West and Irish Regional secretary Aileen Alexander from Barnados talking about young carers at the GMB Womans Conference in Liverpool hosted by Paul McCarthy North West and Irish Regional secretary Lisa Mullen a GMB rep telleing her story at the GMB Womans Conference in Liverpool hosted by Paul McCarthy North West and Irish Regional secretary
2014 Woman's Conference in Liverpool
Dougie Henry, GMB Regional President
Mary Turner, GMB National President
Bryan Nott, Simpson Millar Solicitors
(Woman for Peace and Justice in Columbia)
Clare Hargreaves, Workplace Rep
Jill Maslitt, MacMillan
(Centre Information Manager, Aintree Hospital)
Dr. Phoebe Abe
(FGM Female Genital Mutilation)
Aileen Alexander, Barnado's
(Young Carers)
Lisa Mullen, GMB Rep
(My Story)
 
Evening Standard comment: Tough new measures to combat FGM
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FGM is at last being taken more seriously by the authorities
The proposed reforms to laws affecting girls at risk of female genital mutilation are a welcome sign that the problem is at last being taken more seriously by the authorities.

Under amendments to the Serious Crime Bill being tabled in Parliament today, FGM protection orders could be imposed where the courts are convinced that a girl is at risk, leading among other things to her passport being temporarily confiscated. That would prevent relatives taking her out of the country to have this barbaric procedure performed overseas, the method normally used in those African and Middle Eastern communities where the practice is prevalent.

As ministers point out, FGM is child abuse: it is right that draconian measures should be imposed to stamp out this practice in the UK. The proposed protection orders could also permit such girls’ mandatory medical examination and impose a legal duty on parents to protect their daughters from mutilation.

The challenge will be for those on the front line to spot the signs and take action, even with the new powers. No one has yet been prosecuted for FGM offences, despite the practice having been illegal in this country since 1985. The protection orders would make it easier for police and social workers to take action, since they are civil orders rather than criminal proceedings. Still, potentially confiscating the passports of hundreds of girls over the summer “cutting season” will be challenging.

But if these measures are successfully introduced, they could be a significant step forward in tackling FGM — and a fitting epitaph for Ghanaian campaigner EfuaDorkenoo, who died last weekend. MsDorkenoo, hailed as the “mother of the anti-FGM movement”, was one of the courageous African women who stood up to this violence in her own community. For new laws to make a real difference, we need more to do the same
 
EGYPT (LEA)
“I am always having problems.
I have so many problems.
What can anybody do? But ‘back pain’
I am lucky he is disabled so sex is less than once a month”
This is a phrase put to us when we were having our usual FGM meetings in one of the women’s house. How everybody in the room was discussing avoiding the night when the husbands (Spouses) returned home. It seems everyone in the group was complaining of back pain and dyspareunia(discomfort/pain on intercourse).
“I am lucky because he is disabled so sex is less than once a month” It so happens that Lea is the only person in the group who still have a husband in the house. All the other six women were now single mothers, catholic and Islamic with children to bring up in the UK. The spouses have either left voluntarily or told to leave by their spouses and look for another woman so they can have a better life. These women still care for and love their husbands and they always still maintained they hate to see their husband suffer. I think they feel ashamed. One lady from Somalia said to Lea:

“Yes, that is why I begged mine to go and look for someone else, a younger woman. I know I am only thirty five. But by the age of thirty I was totally disabled. I could not entertain him anymore. The best I could do was to concentrate on bringing up my children. We are now in United Kingdom. He cannot afford to have two wives leave alone four ‘wives’. You know in Africa you could always accept your co-wives.”
There is usually the big ‘MAMA’ when she can even chose a younger woman for a husband to marry. He can marry as many as he likes. Some say by religion but you find this in both Christian and Moslem families. The disabled ‘big mama’ is happy to stay in the house and be the first wife while the husband can always bring in younger ones.

“In Kenya that is not a problem” the Kenyan lady joins in the conversation

SOMALIA (ILFRAN)

“This is your mother .You trust her. She does this to you. The only thing we have in our life is our children. So many people are still doing it”
“THE ONLY THING WE HAVE IS OUR CHILDREN” This is from a very well educated nice, polite and hard-working Somali woman. She is married and has very young children. She has a daughter and sons. She goes to work five days a week and her husband also go to work at a regular job. When she was only seven years old in Somalia she and more than twenty friends were driven to a house at an exclusive location. She had never been there before. And there were ‘these women’ some of them were so old they could not see very well. But they knew what they were doing. They had what look like sharp knives. Then the four women would grab you and take you to them and then they cut you. It was so painful it goes straight through your heart. You could feel the pain. I am now thirty two years old and I am still feeling the pain. I think I fainted because I do not remember from there I found myself lying in my bed at home waking up from sleep and CRYING with pain. For many weeks I could not pass urine properly. It would just dribble down my legs and my knickers were always wet. My mother would bathe me in dettol and this sting even more. My grandmother used salt to bath us in salt so the wound can heal. After two weeks we could walk. At the end of the holidays we went back to school. All the boys in the class knew that we had been cut and they would say: ‘Clean, pure and will get married soon’ And we felt so good but I do not think they realised how painful this had been or what we were going through at that time. At that time I would just talk to my mother and tell her how I was suffering. I would call to her at night. Mama I cannot pass urine. My tummy hurts and my back hurts. She would come to my bed and sleep with me after having carried me to go and pass urine sometimes five times in the night.

My father did not say a lot.

When I started my period at the age of fourteen years the back pain was even worse. I came to Britain when I was eighteen years old and got a job with the Airlines. I met a nice Canadian man. He was very good and he wanted to marry me. I was still stitched up. Looking back I wished he had married me. My mother said I could not be opened and they had found a man for me in Somalia. I got married at twenty two years old. Two weeks before I got married
I was taken to a woman’s house. She explained to me what was going to happen. Then the day before I was given to my husband this woman came in my room and opened me. I was given to my husband the next day and we were married. And of course your husband expects to have sex with you that night. My husband has been very understanding. I have explained all my problems to him always and he has been very supportive. But then he knows he was sure that he was the only one who has been with me. And he knows that probably I will never venture to go anywhere because where can I go? I cannot have ‘relationship’ with him very intimately because of pain both in my back and my front. You just dread the night.
I did not know that the problems I am having now are mostly caused by the ‘cutting’. But after having been in a group discussion with many of my Somali women I soon found out that we all had the same problems of: back pain, discomfort at night with your husband, urine problems, recurrent infections and problem in our pregnancies. Some of my friends have had many miscarriages, caesarean sections that were not necessary. Many are in kidney dialysis units abroad and in the UK. My friend had kidney transplant four years ago. I hope my life will be a bit better.
But sometimes I talk to my mother. Why? Why did she do this? Your mother is someone you trust and how could she do this to me? She said she did not know any better. Probably I would have been saying the same thing to my daughter if I did not meet this doctor Abe two years ago. Probably my daughter would have been blaming me if I did not meet this doctor. She told me that the problems I am having are mainly caused by this cutting. I now know and realised I had the Type FGM III and it was the stitching that has caused me so much problem. But even then I will never cut my daughter who is now eight years old. Somali men still do not understand what suffering we are going through. Most of them still want that ‘pure girl’ who is ‘sown’ up. And some women even when they are so educated still say they will just cut a little ‘SUNA’ The whole community in Somalia and abroad needs to be educated and our men must understand what their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters are going through. The only comfort we have in our marriage is our children. When you are cut your life is ruined and you have to struggle to survive it.
Unfortunately some people are still doing it to their daughters. You hear them
in the school compound discussing where to go and have it done. Yes they are still doing it. These girls will be talking like me when they reach my age. I hope they will survive it!”
 
FGM midwife in London's Top 1000
Comfort Momoh and her daughters meeting Stephen Hawking
A campaigning midwife who cares for women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) has been named in London’s top 1000 most influential people by the Evening Standard.
Comfort Momoh, our FGM and public health specialist, was among the great and good on the annual list which this year focuses on the capital’s contribution to science, medicine and innovation.

Comfort was recognised for the care she gives to women in her FGM clinics that she set up in 1997, the education she provides, and continuous campaigning to raise awareness and end FGM.

She says: “It is an honour to be included on the list by the Evening Standard. It was such a shock when I opened the invitation. There are some incredible people doing amazing things in London and for my work to be recognised is a real step forward.

“The newspaper has been so supportive of our fight to end FGM. Thanks to them, girls across London are opening the paper, they are being educated and they are being encouraged to speak out.

“The struggle continues, but I strongly believe that by working together we will end FGM.”

The event at the Francis Crick Institute was attended by Professor Stephen Hawking and Boris Johnson. Comfort attended the event with her daughters Laura and Flora.
 
NoFGM Fringe Event At 2014 Labour Party Conference: Some Outcomes
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 The Make FGM History Fringe meeting (22 September) at the 2014 Labour Party Conference in Manchester brought together activists, survivors, politicians, public service professionals and others. Critical issues were examined – funding, mandatory reporting, the role of LSCBs and schools, and community cohesions amongst them – and differences in emphasis identified; but most importantly, a massive will to make progress became evident. Awareness of the horror of FGM is increasing rapidly…

The speakers brought many perspectives to the table: Keir Starmer as a prosecutor, Luciana Berger and Seema Malhotra as Shadow Ministers who will have responsibility for eradicating FGM if Labour wins the next General Election, Richard Watts (Leader, Islington), Josie Teubler (Manchester) and Ellie Robinson (Newham) as Councillors with FGM in their portfolio, Phoebe Abe as a GP with an FGM clinic, Hibo Wardere as a campaigner working in the classroom, and many others. Goodwill was also in evidence from the NW TUC, who generously sponsored the event.

There was consensus that the exchange of ideas and information must continue at all levels. As our keynote speaker, Sir Keir Starmer, suggested, it is critical that we all commit not just to talking about the eradication of FGM, but to taking (at least one, small) action towards that aim.

What follows are commentaries by some of the Contributors to the event.

 
Dr Phoebe Abe
Where are the men?
The men are the head of the household in our African community. As such we need them to start talking to one another if possible in discussion and dialogue.

For years and centuries your women have suffered in silence because they respect, love you and want to remain faithful to you. That is the only way then they think they can express their love and faithfulness. But this has come with a lot of suffering and tolerance.

My brothers our women have not told you what endurance they had to make. They have not let you know what suffering they go through. This is because of love and that is typical of most women across the globe. Women have different ways of expressing emotions, love and care.

Women’s tolerance to pain is undisputed from the day they reach puberty throughout their child bearing years. What about that monthly period pain disguised in Latin as ‘dysmenorrhoea’ and what about the labour pain if we can go to even have twenty two children delivered by one woman. I have had children and believe you me that pain exists. But because we love our family and you men we go on and on to please you to give birth. And still disguised in ‘Latin’ the words ‘dyspareunia’ and ‘dysuria’ for bedfellow and urine consecutively are just the symptoms too familiar to these women.

Women’s acceptance to suffering and love for their family, from the like of Mary mother of Jesus of Nazareth as she looks up at her son on the cross, to Nosekeni the mother of Nelson Mandela as she visited her son in Prison on Roben Island, South Africa, is undisputed.

Women in widowhood have suffered to go single handed to care for their orphans. These are grown up females.

In Female Genital Mutilation we are talking of young females. These are little girls and babies. They do not deserve to suffer. Let them be happy in their prime. Let them enjoy the little twelve years in their life. This is the only time a woman can be happy and free. Let us not deprive them of that ample time. They will have ‘hard’ and challenging years ahead. There are hard times ahead when their times come to face the world.

Men of the community, work together with us to make sure we give all girls good starting chance in life. Like starting a race, everyone must start at the same line and with equal opportunity. Not ‘cutting’ them of before the empire fires the first starting shot. That is what we are doing to our girls.

Men in our community, 140 million girls and women globally are living with the consequences and cannot tolerate side effects of the ‘cutting’. Three million girls all over the world are at risk of being ‘cut’ every year. An updated statistical estimate of the numbers of affected girls and women living in England and Wales and girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation gives a figure of 137,000 as of July 2014. This is a provisional estimated study by City University London project funded by the London Trust and the Home Office and it could be higher.

Let us make sure that no more girls will suffer from that ‘initial pain’ of ‘cutting’. They are our children. They are your children. No one loves girls more than their fathers. The bonds and love between daughters and fathers is like ‘honey and bees’.

I therefore call upon women all over the world to support and empower the FGM women survivors, the girls and their brothers. This will make them strong and healthy to support their men, their family and the nations. A healthy and happy woman is a healthy family. The old English adage is ‘Behind every successful man there is a strong woman’. Let’s have a new African saying: ‘Next to every man standing there is a strong woman’.

The conference organised and chaired by Hilary Burrage on 22 September 2014 was a success.

It brought out a wide range of persons ranging from the Professor and QC intersecting at the General Practitioner to our very brave FGM survivors who were very willing to correct and put us on the way forward to success with Female General Mutilation.

Hilary, I cannot praise you enough for the prompt timing and chairing the conference and guiding us through the allocated time.

I am sure all discussed issues are on your website which I would advise everyone to read as very informative and challenging.
Thank you

Dr Phoebe Abe MBChB MSc CTM

Survivor of refugee-hood, widowhood, single parenthood and an ethnic minority black woman family doctor in a majority of an English and Cosmopolitan community in the London Borough of Hillingdon.  
 
Prof Hazel Barrett
The European Experience:
As we have heard, legislation is not effective at ending FGM. In 2009 the EU Parliament estimated that 0.5 million living in the EU had experienced FGM. In the UK the estimate is that 170,000 women and girls have been subjected to FGM with 65,000 girls under the age of 13 at risk of FGM.

The Home Affairs Committee on FGM (2014) described the situation in the UK as a ‘national scandal’. FGM is a severe form of violence against women and when performed on girls is child abuse.

Kier Starmer has stated that he believes the UK is now in phase three of the fight to end FGM, what he calls ‘Effective follow through’. I would like to think that this phase is one where we focus on prevention. The ambition to end FGM in a generation will only be achieved if we involve FGM affected communities.

FGM is a social norm amongst FGM affected communities, only behavioural change from within these communities will result in the tipping point to end FGM becoming the accepted social norm.

But communities are all different and ‘one size fits all’ interventions are not going to effect behavioural change. Interventions must be tailored to the readiness to end FGM which will vary from one FGM practising community to another.

The REPLACE project is investigating the belief systems and social norms that support the continuation of FGM/C amongst African practising communities in the EU.

The main aim is to understand the barriers to behavioural change and the mechanisms for achieving social norm transformation.

We found that the links between social norms, the community and individual agency are highly complex and varied. In all of our research communities we found communities were pivotal in enforcing FGM/C – with individuals/family choices not to perform FGM/C constrained and often over-ruled by community norms.

But communities whilst enforcing social norms can also be used as a force for change.

Our research shows that communities are at different stages of readiness to end FGM/C.

REPLACE is evaluating a new index to assess community readiness to end FGM/C.

This index scores communities on six themes (dimensions) which then convert to a community readiness to change stage. Nine stages have been identified ranging from stage 1: ‘no community awareness of the issues associated with ending FGM/C’, to stage 9: ‘community ownership, with high level of community desire to end FGM/C’.

The balance of power between community norms and individual agency changes as a community goes through the nine stages of community readiness to change, with individual agency becoming more powerful as a community becomes more ready to replace its social norms.

The index is easy and simple to use and requires few resources.

Whilst the index does not directly measure FGM/C prevalence, it could be used as a proxy and indicate progress towards ending FGM/C.

Thus the index has three applications:

To determine the stage of readiness of a community to end FGM/C, to ensure interventions are appropriately targeted to achieve maximum effectiveness.

To monitor and evaluate how community norms are changing over time as a result of specific campaigns or interventions to end FGM/C.

Could be a proxy for FGM/C prevalence change.

Communities are the key link between social norms and individual agency. They are thus pivotal in ending FGM/C. We must remember that communities are made up of individuals and families.

Communities are at different stages of readiness to change: so a ‘one size fits all’ intervention will be ineffective. This index helps us target interventions and track change.

We hope this index, which is proving so useful in the EU, can be rolled out to other FGM/C affected communities to help in our fight to end FGM/C in a generation.


Professor Hazel Barrett, Coventry University,REPLACE2


 
 
 
 
Nelson Mandela tribute
A tribute to Nelson Mandela by Dr.Abe and Acholi Heart Beat dancers.
Watch the new Video dedicated to Nelson Mandela Here
 
Radio Berkshire Bridgitte Tetteh
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BBC- OUR WORLD COVERAGE ON FGM
Gambian activists try to put an end to the tradition of female genital mutilation.

View full documentary from the below link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen/tv/episode/b03fsvhs/Our_World_Droppin
 
BBC News - Uganda bans female genital mutilation
Ugandan MPs have voted to outlaw female genital mutilation - also known as female circumcision.
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30 million girls risk genital mutilation: UNICEF
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Ms Josphine Kulea, a child activist, talks to girls aged between 4 and 12 years old after they were rescued from FGM and early marriage in Samburu.

More than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, and 30 million more girls are at risk in the next decade, UNICEF said Monday.
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Circumcisers stick knives into girls as leaders trade blame
Speaking hesitatingly, her eyes darting from side to side as one pursued. And she could be. For after being lured by her parents to the circumciser’s knife, 12-year-old Jane Wairimu*

Read Full Article
 
Italian senator says black minister has 'features of orangutan'
The Italian prime minister, Enrico Letta, has condemned as unacceptable comments made by a senior rightwing senator in which he suggested the country's first black government minister had "the features of an orangutan".

Read the Full Article Here
 
Letter from Jane Ellison

Dear APG on FGM supporter

Important news on FGM for front line professionals

On Monday 24 June the NSPCC launched the UK’s first dedicated helpline on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The helpline can be contacted on 0800 028 3550 and emails sent to fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

This vital initiative could not be launched at a better time. All the evidence points to the long summer holidays as the time at-risk girls are most likely to be taken abroad to be mutilated. As well as being a vital resource for children, this 24/7 dedicated helpline will also be a single point of contact for anyone who suspects a girl may be at risk of FGM or wants to know more about how to prevent FGM. 

Please pass this information about the NSPCC helpline to all those professionals who come into contact with potentially at-risk girls for example key Council officers, teachers, social workers and health workers. Also attached to this email are the Government's comprehensive Multi-Agency Guidelines on dealing with FGM, which cover all aspects of the subject, including basic information about what FGM is, the UK's anti-FGM laws, and the main practising countries/communities. Again, these should ideally be circulated widely. 

The new NSPCC helpline is supported by the Metropolitan Police, and operated in association with a number of respected voluntary and professional groups, including Daughters of EveEquality Now and FORWARD.

The helpline is free to call and will operate 24/7, and will be staffed by specially trained child protection helpline counsellors who can offer advice, information, and assistance to girls, family members, members of the public and professionals.  Counsellors will also be able to make referrals, as appropriate, to statutory and other services.

Its aim is to improve the safeguarding of girls in the UK by increasing the detection and protection of those at risk or who are already affected by FGM. It will also facilitate the sharing of information with police and relevant agencies so that intelligence can be gathered and appropriate action taken against those who facilitate female genital mutilation against children. The NSPCC highlighted the urgent need to raise the profile of FGM safeguarding in their recent survey which you can read here and, as you know, Ofsted is also raising the profile of FGM safeguarding in schools. 

More information about the helpline and the NSPCC’s work on FGM can be found here. You can also contact John Cameron, Head of Child Protection Helpline Operations at the NSPCC, at jcameron@nspcc.org.uk or Kamaljit Thandi, Helpline Team Manager at the NSPCC at kthandi@nspcc.org.uk

This helpline is an important step forward in the fight against FGM in the UK and I hope you can continue your vital support for this objective by publicising it as widely as possible.  

 Kind regards

 

Jane Ellison
Chairman of the All-Party Group on Female Genital Mutilation

Member of Parliament

Battersea, Balham & Wandsworth

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Security Council strengthens efforts to end impunity for conflict-related sexual violence

Wide view of the Security Council meeting on women and peace and security. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

In three previous resolutions – 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) and 1960 (2010) – the Council affirmed that sexual violence, when committed systematically and used as a tool of war, is a fundamental threat to international peace and security, requiring an operational security and judicial response. Read More


LATEST STATEMENTS


 
Egypt girl's death puts spotlight on genital mutilation
The death of a 13-year-old girl during a genital mutilation procedure has brought the issue back into the spotlight in Egypt.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22975400
 
Read more about FAW on the NHS website
Read moer about FGM on behalf of the NHS
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/female-genital-mutilation/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 
East African Women on FGM: "Sometimes They Just Call You Lazy"
On the last day of my Easter holidays, Dr. Phoebe Abe (or, as I know her, my mother) sat down in her living room with me and several women from Somalia, Egypt and Sudan. My mother, a GP, had for some time been looking at the issue of female genital mutilation, or FGM, with Dr Comfort Momoh MBE... READ MORE 
 
Fighting female genital mutilation in Africa
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/06/2013616133646814781.html
 
Racism fear puts 20,000 girls and women at risk of genital mutilation
http://metro.co.uk/2013/06/12/racism-fear-puts-20000-girls-and-women-at-risk-of-genital-mutilation-3839148/

 
Jackson Thank Dr Abe for tribute to Michael

Watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrnsfx4E148
 
Girl, 13, dies after ‘barbaric’ genital mutilation surgery

A teenage girl has died during an illegal circumcision in Egypt.

Suhair al-Bata’a suffered ‘a sharp drop in blood pressure resulting from shock trauma’, officials said.

Read Full article from the METRO here

Dr Abe advises all African communities to get involved.
The Heads of states, medical personnels,
religious and community leaders must work together.  
to STOP this practice very soon.
We need to protect this young,innocent and powerless women.
AFRICAN WOMEN MUST COME TOGETHER TO STOP THIS PRACTICE NOW!
If anything is going to unite African women at home in Africa and Diaspora
THIS MUST BE THE TIME.
OUR DAUGHTERS WILL BE GRATEFUL IN FUTURE
THAT WE MADE POSITIVE EFFECTIVE MOVE!

 
 
ACHOLI RENAISSANCE 1 (SALE)
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Listen to sample tracks:
01Min Latin03:29
02Ajulina04:03
03Interlude00:20
04Lawiny03:30
05Litino03:45
06Interlude00:33
07Canna03:43
08Irene03:54
09Omera03:55
10Bwola Interlude00:48
11Gulu04:04
12Luga Luga03:54

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PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE 16 MAY 2013
On 16 May 2013
Hon Jane Ellison MP for Battersea highlighted the chronic effects of FGM in a general debate in Parliament.
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HOUSE OF COMMONS OFFICIAL REPORT
PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES (HANSARD)
Tuesday 16 May 2013
Volume 563
N0.7
At 2.19pm 
Jane Ellison(Battersea) (Con)
http://www.janeellison.net/debatedisplay.php/2013-05-16/debating_the_hidden_mental_health_impact_of_fgm
 
Africa Ball 2013

Invitation to Perform at President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Ball

 

As discussed with Ben and having watched your music videos, especially the one about President Obama, we are pleased to invite you to perform at the “Africa Ball 2013: Africa Celebrates President Obama’s Inauguration”.  Africa Ball will be held at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, on January 21, 2013, the same place where Africa Ball was held for the 2009 President Obama’s Inauguration.

 

Your singing the song about President Obama will be a great pleasure for us and for the 1,000 guests whom we are expecting at the Ball.  Once you reply this letter, we will send you the event program to guide you as you prepare to perform during the inaugural Ball.

Africa Ball 2013 is a celebration of President Barack Obama's second term inauguration. The Africa Ball is an elegant experience which was started in 2009 as a true celebration of President Obama's achievement.

The Africa Ball has established a reputation as a unique experience that is a true celebration of Africa's celebratory occasions. The 2013 Africa Ball will be attended by Hollywood greats, academia, world leaders, World Bank and IMF senior staff, State Department and White House senior staff.

Confirmed celebrity 2013 Ball guests from Hollywood include: Lou Gossett, Jr. (star of Officer and a Gentleman), Michael Nouri (actor on NCIS and other movies), Oliver Litondo (star of The First Grader and other movies), and James Keich (award winning director/producer and husband to Jane Seymour).

Please find more information on Africa Ball 2013 and 2009 on Africa Ball website at www.africaball.com and on facebook at www.facebook.com/africaball.

 

Best regards,

 

 

 

Beldina Äuma

Chair

 
Letter from the Prime Minister
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TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST

Purchase the Album from : http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info/CDPL002
01Tribute To Nelson Mandela05:25
02Tribute To Oprah Winfrey05:27
03Tribute To David Cameron04:38
04Tribute To Barack Obama03:46