Bríd is a retired health professional. She started her career in the 70’s as a (volunteer) nurse and midwife in Ethiopia and Botswana, where she worked for almost four years. She encountered FGM/C in Ethiopia.
She then moved to London where she worked in the National Health Service (NHS) as a midwife, community nurse, health visitor, reproductive and sexual health nurse and manager over a period of 30 years. She did not encounter FGM/C during that time despite working with immigrants from communities who are reported to practice it still.
Bríd is puzzled by the current reported prevalence of the practice, the official and media responses and the focus of the associated campaigns. And is concerned that they might cause more harm than good.
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@MichaelBerkele2 @NimkoAli @ChrisJames_90 @carriesymonds @ZacGoldsmith @PennyMordaunt @cj_dinenage @claireperrymp @jessphillips @JohnnyMercerUK @sajidjavid Maddison lists ONE court case that Social Services (unusually) was not involved with? That’s a child protection not a legal problem. This PMB encourages views my FGM as ‘exceptional’ in safeguarding which is arguably racist and will lead to further stigmatisation.
@NimkoAli @ChrisJames_90 @carriesymonds @ZacGoldsmith @PennyMordaunt @cj_dinenage @MichaelBerkele2 @claireperrymp @jessphillips @JohnnyMercerUK @sajidjavid Please read these and consider whether there really is a need for more laws. bmj.com/content/364/bm…. And this google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theg…
@EveningStandard removed my comment questioning @ShaunBaileyUK & @NimkoAli's proposal to establish a register of girls 'at risk' of FGM. I suggested it might be racist. Wonder how long today's comment will last? standard.co.uk/news/london/to…