is Hilary Burrage's website to promote information, ideas and expert opinion by and from researchers and writers who share her concern to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK and beyond. Potential contributors are very welcome to email Hilary to discuss proposals for this website. If after viewing these posts you would like to read more news and views about FGM, please continue to Hilary's own work on this subject, here.
The term ‘female genital mutilation’ was adopted in 1990 by the Inter-African Committee (IAC) on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, and in 1991 the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that the United Nations adopt it as well. It has now been confirmed by the United Nations and the World Health Organisation. The turning point in this debate was the Bamako Declaration of 6 April 2005, issued by the sixth General Assembly of the IAC, in Mali.
It is important to acknowledge the Bamako message, an edited (abbreviated) version of which follows:
What follows is the text of Dr Karen Ellison’s thesis on legal and medical issues around female genital mutilation in Britain, published in September 2013.
This is a very valuable contribution to developments in the field of UK medical-legal aspects of FGM, and is re-published here with Dr Ellison’s permission.
Karen Ellison can be contacted here.
Commentary and reports about FGM are now being added to the literature very rapidly. For up-to-the-minute information and opinion on what’s happening in the UK
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The #NoFGM Daily News (a free on-line resource) also carries reports every day from around the world on items about FGM shared on Twitter – brings many British, regional and global organisations and developments into focus. Please add hashtag #FGM to be included.
Hilary Burrage, the writer / editor of this website, can be contacted direct via email, here. (Please leave both email and phone contact details if you can.)
Much praise to you Hilary for launching this e-petition and purpose-specific website and, more generally, for your initiative and huge investment of time and effort to increase awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK, and to urge the Government to do everything possible to eradicate this practice.
I’m sure your articles and tireless tweets on the subject [@NoFGM1 / #NoFGM] have brought this issue to the attention of many people who would otherwise not have been aware of it or have troubled themselves with it.
There should be absolutely no reason for this website to exist; but whilst the necessity to advance the ‘No FGM in UK‘ message remains, this post is offered as a way to record lobbying, and what is actually being done, to halt the risk of genital mutilation to at least two children in Britain, every hour, every day – horrifically, that’s well over 20,000 small girls in the UK p.a.. You are welcome to share in the Comments box (following the link below) any information about, or actions taken to prevent, FGM in the UK. Please tell others too that their contributions will be very welcome.