Stories: Female Genital Mutilation

  • In push to end FGM, local women offer influential message

    It was the biggest party Aminata Mané had ever been to, a riot of colorful dresses and exuberant dancing. There were enough fluffy piles of rice and roasted sheep’s meat for the entire village to eat until their stomachs hurt – and it was all to celebrate her. But Mrs. Mané, who was 11 at the...

  • Cutting Us Down to Size: Working to End Female Genital Mutilation

    It's an interesting thing, being a British human rights activist 'of colour', feeling at once absolutely British and completely international. Usually, this position is enriching and inspiring. I am invested in relatively local (and by local I mean within the UK, America or Western Europe) protests against everything including endemic sexual violence, sexual harassment, victim-blaming and perpetrator impunity, 'casual'...

  • Some Surprising Facts about FGM in New UNICEF Study

    UNICEF today released a thorough report on female genital mutilation/cutting, which includes deep dives into data sets, methodology and social theory -- there's a whole section that considers what a "social norm" really is (a word so often just thrown around these kinds of reports), and then proceeds with an analysis about how they might be changed. More...

  • After Eighty Years, No Prosecutions for FGM in the UK

    As long ago as 1932, the MP Colonel Wedgwood (direct descendent of the famous potter) spoke in parliament on the 'horrible practice of female circumcision' that he had seen in Kenya and questioned any acceptance of 'their customs...their cruelties'. It’s a practice that involves the partial to complete removal of a girl’s external genitals which inevitably...

  • Boom Country

    Samuel Siringi, 36, is one of 27 siblings. “My father put together three wives who had 27 children between them. My family ran out of names for the children so we have the same names for all the boys born in the same year to different mothers. We have three Moses, Up, Middle and Bottom, depending on the part of the...

  • Cruel Cut: Female Circumcision in East Africa

    Vivian Magero, 23, was nine when she narrowly escaped female genital mutilation (FGM), also referred to as female circumcision. Ironically, it wasn't her tribe, community or parents who were forcing her to get circumcised. She wanted it, so badly that she escaped the cut only because her parents caught her trying to run away from home to get circumcised. ...