My Wish for International Women’s Day? The End of FGM Once and for All
March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day calling for “parity” or a level playing field between men and women.
But really, how can there be true parity when young women and girls across the world are still being butchered on the say so of their male masters?
I am talking about something genuinely sinister – the disgusting and immoral practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
It revolts me that there has never been a single successful prosecution for FGM in the United Kingdom, despite the NHS’s own estimate of some 137,000 women and girls having been harmed in this way.
FGM is seen as a “hidden” crime because its victims are often taken from the UK on holiday, and operated upon in their countries of ethnic origin, before returning here quite literally scarred for life.
To begin to confront the sheer wickedness of FGM is to first understand precisely what it is.
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