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  • Petitioned Home Secretary, Theresa May MP

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Home Secretary, Theresa May MP

Allow Fatoumata Sowe to stay in the UK & protect her daughter from FGM.

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      Migrant Artists Mutual Aid

In 2009 she had a baby girl, who is 3 years old now. According to Fulah tradition, every girl must be subjected to FGM (female genital mutilation). Fatoumata herself was victim of such genital mutilation and according to her experience after growing up, she realised that it was a violation of her human rights by her parents. She was also forced to get married at age 14. She doesn’t want that to happen to her daughter. When Fatoumata is granted refugee status, her victory will be a victory for all women asylum seekers looking for protection against gender based crimes.

The 1951 Geneva Convention defines a refugee as a person whom “owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country”. Within the European Union, the 2004 Council Directive on the qualification of asylum seekers defines ‘acts of a gender-specific or child-specific nature’ as a form of persecution. It therefore recognises that FGM constitutes a persecution qualifying for being granted refugee status.

The primary responsibility of protecting women and girls from mutilation lies with each country. However, if a woman or girl under genuine fear of being subjected to FGM flees a country where such protection is not provided by the state and arrives in the EU, it is vital that the member state fulfils its legal obligations and provides adequate protection. Source: http://www.endfgm.eu/en/female-genital-mutilation/fgm-in-europe/fgm-and-asylum/

The UK Border Agency, although having been provided with real evidence and having information regarding such circumstances in Gambia, still wants to deport her and her daughter.

A victory for Fatoumata will not only save her daughter from becoming another victim of FGM, but will be spreading the message that FGM and gender based crimes will not be tolerated.

To:
Home Secretary, Theresa May MP
Allow Fatoumata Sowe to stay in the UK & protect her daughter from FGM.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Laura Stevens LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      Because a woman's body belongs to herself only. No man, no religion, no society, no culture, just her, and her beautiful brain, dreams, hopes, and ideas.

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    • nicola wilson READING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      It is important to take a stand on all issues - regardless of religion or so-called culture - that inflict suffering and pain on people. This is a horrific. dehumanising practice that denies those forced to undergo it their right to live as a whole person

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    • Ian Mason NORWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      Religion is held responsible for lots of the bad things that go on in the world ... and this is just about the worst of them. I don't understand how any sane parent can subject their child to such torture. We should help the ones that want to end it.

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    • A Bah BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      The risk is a real one

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    • L Mason LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      This is a barbaric practice, and should be stopped, but in the interim, we need to offer women and children the protection they so desperately need.

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