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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

15th November 2016

Oxford Against Cutting is pleased to share our new report “A pilot evaluation of health services for communities affected by FGM/C in Oxfordshire” supported by Healthwatch Oxfordshire. You can read the key findings and access the full report here.

Voices From Oxfordshire

G’s Story

September 7, 2016

In early days during white man’s rule in Kenya, Christianity had taken root in the country where there were changes in families’ lives as opposed to the former way of life passed on from their ancestors. One of the changes was the circumcision of girls which had been the normal way of life for most tribes.

In some families though, who have embraced Christianity, leaving out the circumcision was not easy due to the stigma associated. The families that didn’t have their girls circumcised were stigmatised, isolated, looked down upon and even had abuses hurled at them, on the way. So some of those Christians preferred to have it done secretly even sending their girls away to relatives who could do it secretly for them. Born to a family that was not Christian, though Christianity had some effect on the family, me and my sisters were expected to undergo the ritual as it was a way of fitting in the society and fulfilling the ancestral command or directive.

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