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"FGM includes procedures
that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs
for non-medical reasons. The procedure has no health benefits for girls
or women. Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating,
and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in
childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths. More than 125 million
girls and women alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa
and Middle East where FGM is concentrated. FGM is mostly carried out on
young girls sometime between infancy and age 15. FGM is a violation of
the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted
inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of
discrimination against women. [It] violates a person's rights to
health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from
torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life
when the procedure results in death"
"We must not pussyfoot around FGM and child marriage but confront them and prevent them" [Anne Marie Waters, source].
"I believe that - this
is quite controversial - we need routine medical examinations ... It
is a disgrace and a shame that in 2014 we cannot protect those young
girls in London and other big cities. We do not need simply
consciousness-raising and educational information. We have to face
up to the need for prosecution and for routine medical examination.
FGM is a practice to which some of the British authorities have
turned a blind eye for too long. It is lone overdue that we, as a
political class, take serious action on FGM" [source].
"[T]he UK government is
under a legal duty - I do believe - under the European Convention of
Human Rights to protect the bodily integrity of minor girls. There
is a positive duty to protect and prevent such crimes - not merely
to prosecute them after the fact" [source].
"We must not pussyfoot around FGM and child marriage but confront them and prevent them" [source].
"The muslims assert that
female genital mutilation is not mandated by muslim texts. That's a lie.
Funnily enough, chopping people's heads off is right there in the koran,
too. How far are the forces of political correctness prepared to go, to
indulge muslim practices?" [comment at
"Don't breathe Islam in the same breath with true religions. Can you give any good reason for young girls to have their clitoris' removed other than filthy meanness?" [comment at source].
"It quickly becomes clear
that the SS (social services) the local education authority, the police,
and the Civil Service do not give a fig about girls whether black,
white, Asian no matter what their religion. FGM? So what they're just
girls. Think I am exaggerating? Just try it for yourselves. It is
anything at all but rock the boat" [comment at
"Education is key,
including working with girls and their families, raising awareness
in schools and communities, and training professionals [sic] like
social workers and teachers to spot girls at risk of FGM and know
how to report it" [Leethen Bartholomew, head of the National FGM
Centre, quoted at
can overlook risks for children from refugee and migrant communities
out of culturally relativist fears of being seen as racist, which
can impair their judgment about appropriate interventions" [Dr Susan
Costello, senior lecturer in social work, Melbourne University,
"Health professionals also worry about patient confidentiality. UK hospitals report a mere 5% of FGM cases to the police or local authorities. But under the Serious Crime Act of 2015 all health professionals, social workers and teachers are allowed breaches of confidentiality and are obliged to report suspicions of FGM to the police. They just don't do it. Britain is still steeped in the ethos which produced the doctrine of 'Culturally Appropriate Care' with the appropriate acronym CAC" [source].
"No sane person could ever conceive that circumcision
could possibly be carried out on a girl; her anatomy just doesn't allow
for such an abominable procedure - and so often done with blunt and unsterilised
and primitive tools - yet Satan's hatred for women managed to find a
way to pervert this God-given practice for boys into a sadistic attack on girls.
Yes, carried out by their mothers and aunts but enforced upon them by the very men, their fathers and
husbands, who are commanded by God to care for and protect their daughters and
wives. Female Genital Mutilation is an evil perversion of
something God designed for good" [source].
"British Common Law was founded on Judeo Christian Biblical Laws (highly civilised). Many things that appear arbitrary to the unlearned are not at all, but were put there for our literal well-being ... [Male] Circumcision: I've been married 3 times. None of my husbands were circumcised at birth. Each one of them had to be painfully circumcised as young men as at puberty they all started experiencing horrid and serious infections (apparently young males don't clean their penises properly)" [comment at source].