ARTICLES & RESEARCH

How an FGM trial became a trial about witchcraft

BackgroundThis 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 conditions for observers in the Central Criminal Court, including difficulty hearing those in the courtroom, what happened was clear: a woman was convicted of both FGM and witchcraft.A few women’s rights advocates and health professionals have publicly opposed the way the criminalisation of FGM has played out in the…
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