Tell schools to teach risks of female genital mutilation before the summer
  • Petitioned Michael Gove

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Tell schools to teach risks of female genital mutilation before the summer

    1. Fahma Mohamed
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      Fahma Mohamed

      Bristol, United Kingdom

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February 2014

Victory

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.

This is incredible. Thank you to all of you - every single person who signed this petition - without you we would have never got this meeting with Michael Gove and he would not be writing to schools.

This is a such a huge step to helping us eradicate FGM forever.

I got involved in this campaign thanks to Integrate Bristol and my teacher Lisa Zimmerman. So I want to say thank you to all of them, this campaign was all of ours. We'll keep up our work to ensure that we have age appropriate FGM education in schools and for Ofsted to be involved.

And thank you to Malala and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who supported the campaign and spoke out about FGM. Their words have carried our message around the world.

I truly believe thanks to everyone involved, including all of you, that girls will grow up protected from FGM.

You can read about the victory in The Guardian.

Warning: This petition is about FGM and may be distressing for some readers.


You wouldn't think school girls in the UK have to worry about female genital mutilation (FGM), but we do. Although it is illegal in the UK, it is still happening - 24,000 girls in the UK are currently at risk of FGM. People just don't talk about it, doctors don't check for it and teachers don't teach it. 

FGM is child abuse. It forces girls into a future of pain from the moment they are cut. They face the risk of infertility, pain during urination, menstruation, childbirth and sexual intercourse. The pain doesn’t go. It’s a traumatic experience they have to live with every single day, physically and emotionally.

That’s why I’ve started this campaign with The Guardian.

I know of people who have been cut - anyone who knows girls from FGM affected communities will know girls who have been cut. We were told Ofsted would be asking schools what they are doing to protect these girls from FGM, but it never happened. 

Me and my classmates campaigned for our school to do more on FGM. Now all the girls at school know the risks of FGM and feel able to talk about it. But this is one school. We need this to happen at every school in the country - so that no girl is missed.  

We need to act now. Many girls are sent away to be cut over the summer holidays. Some are cut at home. They call it the 'cutting season'. If every headteacher was given the information they need to talk about FGM to students and parents we could reach every girl who is at risk before the holidays. We could convince families not to send their daughters to be cut and we can help girls who are at risk. We could break the cycle so the next generation is safe.

That’s why I’m calling for Michael Gove to get schools to teach about FGM before the summer holidays.

Michael Gove -- we’re serious, we’re not going to back down and we won’t go away.

Read more about the campaign at the Guardian.

To:
Michael Gove, Department for Education
Tell schools to teach risks of female genital mutilation before the summer

Sincerely,
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    • Mike Screech TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      It is just barbaric

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      • 7 months ago

      es opresión cada persona tiene el derecho sobre su cuerpo y mente

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    • Trina Lane AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      To inflict such deep pain and humiliation on daughters is so cruell and unjust.All in the name of culture,it is crazy ignorant horror that should have no place in this century anywhere in the world... How can this be an expression of love? How can it be so hard to love and protect your daughter.? Why is your community more important than your child?why is a daughter so unworthy of protection why do women commit and support this atrocity against their own?

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    • Audrey Gillard-Sprake BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      As others have said, why is this still being allow to happen to young girls,this is barbaric, and makes their adult life more complicated.Having read so many peoples reasons I fully agree with them all, when people come to our country to live they must obey our laws, where are the prosecutions, is our government afraid of upsetting these religions and cults who believe in the practice. What is worse is that the people( mostly women I imagine,)have had this done to them so they know the pain they are inflicting on these little girls, have they no heart, the thought of hurting another living creature is unbearable.How do they do it.

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    • Emma Beattie LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      I think is an abomination that anyone should suffer this rediculous outdated idea. Sex should be something enjoyed by both parties not just the man. In this age of enlightenment man still has his ways to keep the women down and this is not now nor has ever been in my mind an exceptable practice. The mutilation of a young girl, the result of this will torture them throughout their life.

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