By Barnie Choudhury – Eastern Eye Children as young as 14 are contacting the police, using a special app, over fears they will be married against their will during the coronavirus lock down. That’s according to a leading charity which specialises in helping victims of forced marriage. The leap in numbers is an unintended consequence […]
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A blog by Dr. Georgina Sosa Midwives across the world are celebrating International Day of the Midwives 5thMay 2020. This year is extra special as 2020 has been dedicated as the Year of the Midwife and Nurse too. The main themes are Celebrate being a midwife and what we do; Demonstrate initiatives we have done; […]
The Home Office released figures for 2016 from their Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) yesterday, and it shows unsurprisingly that the young are very vulnerable, with a staggering 26% of the victims they supported being below the age of 18. Of the 1,145 cases they dealt with, 80% of those involved female victims. The FMU is […]
International Day Zero Tolerance Female Genital Mutilation https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/06/anti-fgm-campaign-red-triangle-uk-global-day-opposition The 6th of February marks the International Day Zero Tolerance Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). There are an estimated 137,000 women and girls affected by FGM in England and Wales. 200 million women and girls have gone through FGM worldwide.
Men prevent FGM Men and boys can play a critical role in preventing female genital mutilation (FGM). Freedom Charity sees men and boys as instrumental in the helping to eradicate FGM.
I have to admit that, like many things in this strange world, I was completely in the dark about FGM. I have to use the acronym rather than the full and frankly too-descriptive title, as the physical horrors that some people endure, in the name of ‘tradition’, makes my stomach churn. As I sit here […]