Current fgm legislation has led to British families being racially falsely accused. So why is the Government proposing a law that will add to these false accusations?”

In February 2019 MP for Christchurch Christopher Chope objected to a Private Members Bill that sought to amend the Children Act to allow family courts to issue fgm (Female Genital Mutilation) interm care orders, on families already placed on fgm protection orders. Chope’s objection was based on a principle he’s long fought for since he…

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March 22, 2019 | by

Hidden Voices: The importance of ethnography in FGM storytelling

Sara Johnsdotter An extraordinary meeting was held in London on 15 February 2019. At first glance, it appeared to be just another hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. But in reality it was the first where activists, community members, practitioners, researchers and members of the public came together to discuss…

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March 22, 2019 | by

Report: The importance of ethnography in FGM storytelling, SOAS, London

This event took place at SOAS, part of the University of London, last night (15th February) and was organised by the university’s “Fem Soc”. It brought together some long-standing anti-FGM campaigners along with a prominent sceptic and two women who had worked in women’s healthcare which involved caring for women who had undergone FGM. It…

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How an FGM trial became a trial about witchcraft

by Marge Berer Background This is the fifth time FGM has gone to trial in England since 2014. It is the first in which someone has been convicted. I attended most of the trial and shared notes with a colleague covering the days each of us was unable to attend. In spite of the punitive…

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