FGM campaigner Fahma Mohamed urges Gove to help end cycle of abuse

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Bristol student to call on education secretary to write to schools setting out ways to combat female genital mutilation.

The Bristol student Fahma Mohamed is due to meet Michael Gove to press him to seek an end to female genital mutilation in the UK by urging every school to train teachers and parents about the horrors of the practice.

The education secretary will on Tuesday speak to Mohamed and members of the youth charity Integrate Bristol, which campaigns for more education about FGM in schools.

The meeting comes after almost 250,000 people signed a Guardian-backed petition on the campaigning website Change.org calling on Gove to take action.

The campaign has gathered momentum since its launch, at the beginning of the month, becoming one of the biggest campaigns hosted on the site and winning the support of the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and the general secretary of the UN, Ban Ki-moon.

As a result of the campaign the Scottish government has already agreed to send a letter to every teacher in Scotland asking them to be proactive about teaching the risks and warning signs of FGM.

Writing today in the Guardian, Mohamed said Gove had the opportunity to make a real difference, She would ask him to write to all schools before the summer holidays offering guidance to teachers about how to tackle FGM, asking headteachers to train staff about warning signs and risk, and calling on them to teach children about the dangers of FGM.

Written By: Alexandra Topping
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13 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by Okeydoke:

      Gove doing the right thing for once? Fat chance.

      Well according to an email I got from Change.org a couple of weeks ago or something, they have already met! According to the site:

      “We did it! We met Education Secretary Michael Gove and he agreed to write to all primary and secondary headteachers in England about female genital mutilation.”

      I also read Gove’s tweets at the time and he seemed to be already on the case.

      • In reply to #2 by GPWC:

        In reply to #1 by Okeydoke:

        Gove doing the right thing for once? Fat chance.

        Well according to an email I got from Change.org a couple of weeks ago or something, they have already met! According to the site:

        “We did it! We met Education Secretary Michael Gove and he agreed to write to all primary…

        I mentioned having received that CHANGE.ORG email on a thread here a while ago; it arrived on February 27.

        Malala Yousafzai is also on board the campaign, so I imagine Michael Gove will realize that there would be a fairly heavy price to pay politically were he not to cooperate, even if he’s in favour of mutilating the genitals of female children, which I’m certain he is most emphatically not.

        Anyway, he has already written to all the relevant schools, and Ban Ki-moon has endorsed Fahma Mohamad’s campaign, calling it “inspiring.”.

        I hope this will snow-ball, gathering other stupid, cruel and barbaric religious practices as it goes.

        It’s high time a stand was made against them.

        S G

    • In reply to #1 by Okeydoke:

      Gove doing the right thing for once? Fat chance.

      Even if he did I suspect most schools have a policy of putting anything he writes in the bin without reading it these days, I was at the last teachers’ strike and I swear they would’ve lynched him if he’d turned up.

  1. I would doubt even somebody as clueless as Michael Gove could ignore this barbarity, let’s hope that it is only the first step on a road to ridding us of nauseating religious practices.

  2. Maybe worth noting the original article is dated 26th February. The Guardian has been running a campaign on FGM recently. Another worrying article is this one. It says that girlswere taken into care in Paris and their parents into custody as they were planning to take their girls overseas for FGM. Overseas to which barbaric country ? Eurostar to London.

    The French have apparently jailed around 100 people in FGM cases and the UK I think still hasn’t bought a case to trial.

    Michael

  3. Governments have dug a hole for themselves. By tolerating the male genital mutilation it kind of sends a messages that by picking on those who would practice female genital mutilation we are somehow being racist (as this tends to happen in mostly non white minorities). It is simply time we said enough is enough and ban all these unnecessary mutilations. By opposing circumcision we are not being anti-Semitic we are being pro child.

    I’d also like to point out that several people have been prosecuted for illegally docking the tails of dogs.

  4. The caption under the pictures says “Fahma Mohamed (right) with Gill Kelly”. I think I already guessed that Fahma was on the right.

    Am I right in saying this only concerns the Islamic community?

    • In reply to #11 by PeteGriggs:

      Am I right in saying this only concerns the Islamic community?

      I wouldn’t put much money on it. I think certain Christian communities in Africa also practice it. I’m less certain if many in those communities have migrated to Europe. Whatever the distribution across religion, it should be easy to generate enough moral repugnance of the practice within Europe to stop it dead once enough of the population become aware the practice consists of a medically unqualified person slicing off the clitoris and labia of an unanaesthetised girl with a razor blade.

  5. Am I right in saying this only concerns the Islamic community?

    FGM is most prevalent in a number of countries in Africa. Immigrants from these countries in the UK are from quite diverse cultures, so they don’t form a single community.

    Estimates based on the most recent prevalence data indicate that 91,5 million girls and women above 9 years old in Africa are currently living with the consequences of female

    genital mutilation (World Health Organization)

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