Tag Archives: female genital mutilation

Lynne Featherstone on giving women “rights, voice, choice and control over their own lives”

Lynne Feahterstone visiting a Haringey primary school. Some rights reserved. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnefeatherstone/3010645357/It was International Development questions in the Commons yesterday. Lynne Featherstone was questioned about her work to end Female Genital Mutilation in a generation. She said that the subject should be a required subject on the school curriculum in areas of high prevalence. What I thought was most interesting was that in my young day, you didn’t get Tory dames asking questions about gender equality as Dame Angela Watkinson did. I liked Lynne’s choice of language in her answer. The whole …

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 32 Comments

LibLink: Lynne Featherstone – end FGM within a generation

Yesterday was Time to Talk Day (#timetotalk), which generated some intensely personal accounts of living with mental illness. It was also the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. It was an unfortunate clash, but the Lib Dem Voice team decided to focus on #timetotalk yesterday and to cover the FGM campaign before and after the event.

On Monday we reported that Lynne Featherstone was leading a mass awareness raising campaign for yesterday’s International Day.  In support, the Liberal Democrat MEPs had written an open letter calling on the EU to help end FGM within  a generation.

Posted in LibLink | Also tagged and | 1 Comment

Opinion: The male voice on Female Genital Mutilation

Please note that the second paragraph of this article contains some graphic details of the procedure of FGM which some people might find distressing.

I’m very glad to see Liberal Democrats at the forefront of the drive to rid this country and the world of female genital mutilation (FGM), one of the most horrible expressions of male power over the female. The debate about it, around the world, as well as in this country, is often blurred by comparisons with male circumcision, which many people also campaign against actively (and in my view rightly). When the topic of FGM comes …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged | 76 Comments

LibLink: Lynne Featherstone on successes in campaign against FGM

Lynne featherstone by paul walterOver on Huffington Post, Lynne Featherstone has written an article about the heartening early successes in the campaign against female genital mutilation. She writes:

“I wanted to save lives not put them at risk.”

That’s what a former female genital cutter told me during a visit to Kenya last week, as she explained why she downed her tools and instead became a birth attendant.

I believe this woman should be celebrated for taking such a brave stance against the centuries-old tradition of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Posted in LibLink | Also tagged | 1 Comment

Lynne: Police should target “cutters” who perform genital mutilation on girls in Britain, not their parents

Lynne Featherstone in Zambia. Photo:  some rights reserved by DFID http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/8220719712/The London Evening Standard reports:

Police should target “cutters” who perform genital mutilation on girls in Britain, rather than the parents who pay for it, International Development minister Lynne Featherstone says.

The minister, who this week visited Kenya to see how female genital mutilation is being stamped out there, said Britain needs to speed up the first prosecution here to send a warning that the practice will not be tolerated. FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985 but nobody has

Posted in News | Also tagged and | 5 Comments

Jeremy Browne MP writes…There is no opt out clause for equality for women and girls in a liberal society

In my lifetime, the role of women and girls in British society has been transformed. There has been an emancipation revolution.

Many of these changes have been legal. It seems remarkable today to reflect that, until 1975, women were not allowed to buy a house without financial guarantees being provided by a man, typically their father or husband.Other changes have been cultural. It is extraordinary, for example, that until 1972 a female diplomat in the Foreign Office was required to resign if she got married.

As each of these barriers to female attainment has been removed, women have capitalised on the opportunities …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 6 Comments



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarStephen Donnelly 25th Jul - 11:59pm
    Very difficult job, mastering a brief and trying to deliver something half way through parliament. Not sure anyone could have done better, but still, there...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 25th Jul - 11:47pm
    The problem is Joe that the right do not prefer the Centre Van, they think the vendor is stopping the right van from selling his...
  • User AvatarPeter 25th Jul - 11:46pm
    Anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions contribute a very modest increase to global temperature. The exaggerated alarmist scare is almost entirely a consequence of the incorrect assumptions...
  • User AvatarDavid Pollard 25th Jul - 11:03pm
    Oops. The Government has just relaxed the target on homes with Zero Energy use being compulsory from 2016 so that it seems OK to reduce...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 25th Jul - 10:41pm
    "I write this while on a visit to India. A few weeks ago I was in the US, and I’ve just left China." I hope...
  • User AvatarTpfkar 25th Jul - 10:17pm
    Well done to the teams in Maidstone and Northumberland - great results there. For info the UkIP win in Doncaster was in Rosie Winterton's Doncaster...