Shifting Sands

The facts Articles


Female Circumcision: Where’s the harm?

Published 17 June 2017

A minor genital procedure, viewed objectively as less severe than routine male circumcision,

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FGM hype

The NSPCC inundates us with hype about FGM

Published 10 April 2017

Despite little evidence to back it up, the NSPCC

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FGM London

London’s Mayor pays half a million to do women with FGM a dis-service

Published 8 March 2017

London’s new Mayor, Sadiq Khan and his Assembly, hosted a first ever People’s Question Time in Brent’s Civic Centre in November 2016.

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FGM UK. Prevalence

How prevalent is FGM in the UK really?

Published 15 February 2017

Matthew Smith

Monday Feb 6th was apparently FGM Awareness Day,

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Acton FGM clinic closure

FGM facts irrelevant

FGM facts were irrelevant in 2016

Published 14 December 2016

Campaigners and crusaders against FGM face a dilemma each time official data are published

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Access to FGM patient information is inadequate

Access to FGM patient information is inadequate

Published 5 December 2016

NHS recording and centralising sensitive, patient-identifiable, FGM data has been of concern to professionals and some members of the public since the process began in April 2015.

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FGM experimental stats

The mists begin to clear on FGM statistics

Published 10 October 2016

Readers may recall that I have long been interested in trying to unpick the data on female genital mutilation in the UK.

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Bondo/Sande initiation in Sierra Leone

Women’s Empowerment in Sierra Leone’s Sande/Bondo Society

Published 10 August 2016

It is rare to come across an article that describes why and how girls are initiated in societies that practice female circumcision, where the latter is part of the important rite of passage that initiates undergo in order to have membership of the institution conferred.

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FGM scaremongering

FGM: the reality refuses to live up to the scaremongering

Published 20 June 2016

A new dataset on female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK, released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), created a flurry of media excitement recently.

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