Australian girls and members of the community now have a dedicated FGM Hotline to call if they fear that they themselves or a girl they know are going to be either subjected to FGM in Australia, or taken overseas for FGM.
Khadija Gbla :The shame, stigma and silence that surrounds Female Genital Mutilation is what has allowed it to survive to this day. I want to break the silence. Silence has done nothing for us. Silence hasn’t done anything for the little girls who have been put through this horrible practice. Silence hasn’t protected them – in fact silence has ensured that to this day, as we speak, there is a girl somewhere in the world who is crying, bleeding and asking for somebody to stop what is happening to her. Silence did that. When we as a people are [...]
FGM Fact Sheet. Adapted from NSPCC What is female genital mutilation (FGM)? Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse which has devastating physical and psychological consequences for girls and women. The World Health Organization describes it as: “procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury […]
Documentary on FGM (Warning: Some distressing images), from a FIGO video called “The Cutting Tradition” “There are many reasons given for female genital mutilation, but they always involve purity, virginity, chastity and marriageability.” The value of girls in many cultures who practice FGM depends on her being ‘pure’, implying that any normal female sexuality is somehow unwanted […]
FEMINIST STATEMENT ON THE NAMING & ABOLITION OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION Patriarchal oppression is the bedrock of female genital mutilation (FGM) and related harmful traditional practices. The aim of this Statement is to gather support, from concerned citizens and from people directly working to abolish FGM, for research, dialogue and activism which derives from such […]