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Oxford says “no” to cutting.

Oxford Against Cutting (OAC) is committed to working to help prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) of girls and women living in Oxfordshire.

Harm

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines FGM as all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Facts

FGM is short for female genital mutilation. It is when the female genital organs are cut or injured for non-medical reasons. It has no health benefits and is very harmful.

Law

If you are being pressured into having your daughters cut you can say "NO" Because ANY form of FGM is against the law This means that the removal of part of the clitoris or clitoral hood is also Illegal.

News

8th September 2017

Hugh Palmer, local artist and human rights campaigner, completed Swim Oxford's Classic Mile on 3 September 2017 to raise funds for Oxford Against Cutting. The race started at Donnington Bridge and ended at Folly Bridge, where Hugh had a well-deserved hot drink and cake. The water was really cold! Hugh commented "I thought I knew what "chilled out" meant, having been a student here in the 1970's - goes to show, you're never too old to learn and next time I might try one of those wetsuit thingies!"

10th December 2016

In the Pink, an Oxford University and Brookes all-female a cappella group, has nominated Oxford Against Cutting as their charity of the year! The group organised a fantastic gig on 23 November with 3 other local a cappella groups, the Oxford Belles, the Oxford Alternotives and the Oxford Commas. The Christmas CrACker- PELLA at the Holywell Music Room was a fantastic evening and tickets sold out! A big THANK YOU to all the groups for supporting Oxford Against Cutting.

10th December 2016

Congratulations to our trustee, Joanne McEwan, who has won an award! Joanne is the Oxford Health Visitor Lead on FGM and designed the app, Let’s Talk FGM after securing a Mary Seacole Leadership Award. She is now a Gold Winner of the London Design Awards! The Oxford Against Cutting team helped pilot the app and is currently creating a film to support the app’s resources. Click here for more info about Joanne’s award.

Voices From Oxfordshire

I’s Story

August 9, 2017

I was born in Khartoum in Sudan. I was cut when I was about 7 or 8 years old.

My Mum passed away before I was 7. I was looked after by my grandmother and Dad. My grandmother was kind. For her to fulfil her role, it was very important for me and my sister to have FGM. She thought “their Mum is gone now and there’s no one to look after them”. So she did some negotiations with my Dad and his family – my other grandmother and aunties from my father’s side.

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