FGM in Sri Lanka: It’s never ‘just a nick’

FGM in Sri Lanka: It’s never ‘just a nick’

For decades, female genital mutilation (FGM) has been practiced in Sri Lanka. However, to those outside the practicing communities, this information elicits shock and disbelief. Secrecy about FGM in Sri Lanka is both imposed and internalised. Women who have experienced FGM strongly fear retaliation for speaking out. There is a lack of freedom to discuss, question and explore… Continue Reading FGM in Sri Lanka: It’s never ‘just a nick’

FGM is on the rise again in Sierra Leone

FGM is on the rise again in Sierra Leone

Following a temporary ban on female genital mutilation during the Ebola crisis, FGM is on the rise again in Sierra Leone. Worldwide, some 200 million girls and women have had their genitals cut, whether by force or by choice. During Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak, the government banned female genital mutilation (FGM) in an emergency health… Continue Reading FGM is on the rise again in Sierra Leone

Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When her daughter turned seven, and it was time for the “khatna” – a female genital mutilation (FGM) ritual – a close friend advised Naqiyah to try the butter knife method. A trusted doctor in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo would simply run a blunt knife against little Tanzeem’s vagina,… Continue Reading Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop

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 A decision to refuse Lola Ilesanmi’s application to remain in the UK has been withdrawn and Ms May has ordered immigration minister Brandon Lewis to personally oversee a review of her… Continue Reading Woman facing deportation wins reprieve after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

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