Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Some children in the UK have spent months on child protection plans – or in foster care – on the false suspicion they are victims of female genital mutilation, a BBC report has found. The BBC understands that it can take months for children to be examined in cases where FGM is suspected. Children can… Continue Reading Families left devastated by false claims of FGM in girls

Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after Theresa May told child faces female genital mutilation on return

Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after Theresa May told child faces female genital mutilation on return

A woman facing deportation to Nigeria has won a reprieve after Theresa May was told her three-year-old daughter faced female genital mutilation if they were returned. A decision to refuse Lola Ilesanmi’s application to remain in the UK has been withdrawn and Ms May has ordered immigration minister Brandon Lewis to personally oversee a review of her… Continue Reading Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after Theresa May told child faces female genital mutilation on return

US lawyers to argue female genital mutilation is constitutional

US lawyers to argue female genital mutilation is constitutional

Lawyers will argue in a landmark trial that female genital mutilation is a right under religious freedom protected by the First Amendment. Two Detroit doctors and one of their wives are facing multiple federal charges for cutting two seven-year-old girls. Defense lawyers will argue the doctors didn’t cut the girls’ genitalia and only scraped it,… Continue Reading US lawyers to argue female genital mutilation is constitutional

Genital mutilation also occurs in the US, activists call on states to make it illegal

Every day, an estimated 8,000 girls worldwide are cut and marred in a debilitating process known as female genital mutilation, or FGM. But survivors and experts stress that this is not a faraway human rights violation. A portion of it is happening right here in the United States of America. “Not a day goes by… Continue Reading Genital mutilation also occurs in the US, activists call on states to make it illegal

ICE removes Ethiopian who committed female genital mutilation

ICE removes Ethiopian who committed female genital mutilation

ATLANTA – A citizen and national of Ethiopia was removed Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) to his native country after serving 10 years in prison. Khalid Adem, 41, a native and citizen of Ethiopia was convicted in Gwinnett Country, Georgia, of aggravated battery and cruelty to children… Continue Reading ICE removes Ethiopian who committed female genital mutilation

Nigeria: Women Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation

  The International Women Peace Group on Wednesday in Lagos advocated for a ban on female genital mutilation, FGM.   The campaign tagged ‘Ban FGM, Upholding the Dignity of Women and Girls,’ was organised to commemorate the 2017 International Women’s Day.   Kemi Olaokun, IWPG’s coordinator in Ikorodu, said the group’s aim is to use… Continue Reading Nigeria: Women Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation

FGM victims need medical attention ‘every hour’ says charity

A case of female genital mutilation (FGM) is either discovered or treated at a medical appointment in England every hour, a charity has said. Plan International UK said statistics showed there were 8,656 times when a girl or woman was assessed at a doctor’s surgery or hospital. Charity boss Tanya Barron said: “These figures are… Continue Reading FGM victims need medical attention ‘every hour’ says charity

Kenyan girls hide in schools to escape FGM

Hundreds of Kenyan girls are preparing to spend Christmas in schools, rather than with their families, fearing that their parents will force them to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Schools that should have closed more than a month ago for the holidays are staying open for the girls, while others are staying in churches in… Continue Reading Kenyan girls hide in schools to escape FGM

VIDEO: ‘FGM happened to me in white, midwest America’

In 1947, when I was just three years old a doctor removed my clitoris. Female genital mutilation is mostly associated with African cultures, and non-Christian religions, but my FGM happened in white, midwest America. It took place in a church clinic that used a scalpel on girls who masturbated. I remember the excruciating pain and… Continue Reading VIDEO: ‘FGM happened to me in white, midwest America’