Narratives

The Unwanted, From Rejection to Glory – extract from book by Valerie T Lolomari

September 7, 2022

Betrayal. Female circumcision is a type of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The World Health Organization defines Female Genital Mutilation as any activity involving the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or causing other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Female circumcision would be classified under Type 1 and 2 of […]

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Alice’s Story

January 19, 2022

Alice is from Malaysia and heard about FGM from friends, most of whom had it done to them when they were babies.

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Why do some Gambian communities carry out FGM on their girls

December 8, 2021

Mariama, an anti-FGM facilitator for Oxford Against Cutting, and survivor, explains in a short film why some communities in The Gambia carry out FGM.

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Rubie Marie’s Story

November 5, 2020

A survivor of honour-based abuse and forced marriage, Rubie Marie, calls for more support for young girls.   Trigger warning: mentions of suicide, physical and mental abuse   The reason for experiencing honour-based abuse and forced marriage I endured the horrific taboo experiences of honour-based abuse myself in 1998/9 when I was 15 years old […]

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J’S STORY

October 22, 2019

When did you first become aware of FGM?   2008 – in Egypt. There was an essay on the internet about the dangers of circumcision for both boys and girls, not just girls. The essay was written by a famous female doctor and I found out that she had written a whole book about it. […]

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C’s Story

June 3, 2019

When did you first become aware of FGM?

I was really young – Maybe 6 or 7, or younger. Soon after I’d started primary school.

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