Newport council unites over ‘vile’ FGM

First published in News

A PROPOSAL to introduce a campaign and a zero-tolerance charter against female genital mutilation (FGM) was unanimously backed by Newport councillors at full council meeting this week.

Following a shocking report from the Home Office, Cllr Gail Giles, for Caerleon ward, put forward the motion of notice at the meeting in the hope of raising public awareness on the issue.

The motion which calls on the council to raise awareness in schools, work with men to understand their role in protecting women at risk and to work with health services, was supported across all parties.

The news comes after a Home Affairs committee report earlier this month revealed 170,000 women and girls across the UK are living with FGM, with a further 65,000 girls under 13 at risk.

Prior to the meeting Cllr Giles discussing the motion said: “From a meeting of the Newport Labour Women’s Network last year we discussed the issue of FGM and wanted to take it forward as a campaign.

“The main problem is identifying the young girls at risk.

“We’re hoping for a significant campaign for education in school and tying in all the agencies and authorities to identify those at risk.”

Putting forward the motion at the meeting on Tuesday night Cllr Giles said: “FGM is what is it says on the tin-mutilation.

The practice occurs in particular communities, including the African, Asian and Eastern communities across the UK and in Wales.

The number of woman and young girls living with FGM in the UK is estimated approximately 170,000.

“65,000 aged 13 and under are at risk according to figures by the House of Commons Home Office committee.

“The failure to protect these girls is a national scandal. It is often hidden and shrouded in secrecy. Don’t think this is happening somewhere else – many young girls and women in Newport suffer this abuse.

“I believe it is called the cutting season and often the school holidays are a time of risk for many young girls. FGM causes severe physical abuse to girls and women and a lifetime of mental, physical and emotional suffering. “This is human rights.

“This is child cruelty.

Newport City Council will be leading the way with this motion.”

The motion, seconded by Cllr David Mayer, was backed by all councillors including Labour councillor Chris Evans who said that those practising it should be prosecuted.

Conservative councillor David Fouweather who had been reading up on the issue said: also supported the motion.

“I am shocked by what I have read,” he said.“ Some communities understand it to be part of cultural identity, but here we see it as a vile practice.”

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10:48am Thu 31 Jul 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

In the interests of balance what of male circumcision ? Most healthcare professionals now agree that the risks associated with routine circumcision, such as infection and excessive bleeding, outweigh any potential benefits. Some UK clinical commissioning groups currently fund religious or ritual circumcision on the NHS. So why don't we hear anything about this? I believe that circumcision for religious or cultural reasons for both males and females should be stopped.
In the interests of balance what of male circumcision ? Most healthcare professionals now agree that the risks associated with routine circumcision, such as infection and excessive bleeding, outweigh any potential benefits. Some UK clinical commissioning groups currently fund religious or ritual circumcision on the NHS. So why don't we hear anything about this? I believe that circumcision for religious or cultural reasons for both males and females should be stopped. Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: 6

2:42pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Musing Militant says...

Here is an idea, probably already being carried out I admit but who knows: All under 18 years of age girl and women from the African, Asian and Eastern peoples in our area should be examined by a qualified doctor when they visit a surgery for anything. That way anything untoward going on will soon be discovered and can be aced on urgently. Yes it may be seen as over the op but lets be honest do you want to stop FGM or just talk about and ring hands and shake heads.
Similar action can of course ,in the name o equality, be taken for MGM.
Here is an idea, probably already being carried out I admit but who knows: All under 18 years of age girl and women from the African, Asian and Eastern peoples in our area should be examined by a qualified doctor when they visit a surgery for anything. That way anything untoward going on will soon be discovered and can be aced on urgently. Yes it may be seen as over the op but lets be honest do you want to stop FGM or just talk about and ring hands and shake heads. Similar action can of course ,in the name o equality, be taken for MGM. Musing Militant
  • Score: 3

3:47pm Thu 31 Jul 14

GogExile says...

Raymond Luxury-Yacht wrote:
In the interests of balance what of male circumcision ? Most healthcare professionals now agree that the risks associated with routine circumcision, such as infection and excessive bleeding, outweigh any potential benefits. Some UK clinical commissioning groups currently fund religious or ritual circumcision on the NHS. So why don't we hear anything about this? I believe that circumcision for religious or cultural reasons for both males and females should be stopped.
Are you seriously comparing the two? Male circumcision is a pretty common medical procedure to counteract complications from the growth of the foreskin. I recall my brother having to have it done when we were kids to relieve a 'blockage' causing pain during urinating. Female 'circumcism' is the slicing off of the clitoris meaning she will never gain pleasure from sexual activity, effectively turning her into an incubator. It's utterly founded in brutal male dominance of women. What a crass piece of thinly veiled anti semitism.
[quote][p][bold]Raymond Luxury-Yacht[/bold] wrote: In the interests of balance what of male circumcision ? Most healthcare professionals now agree that the risks associated with routine circumcision, such as infection and excessive bleeding, outweigh any potential benefits. Some UK clinical commissioning groups currently fund religious or ritual circumcision on the NHS. So why don't we hear anything about this? I believe that circumcision for religious or cultural reasons for both males and females should be stopped.[/p][/quote]Are you seriously comparing the two? Male circumcision is a pretty common medical procedure to counteract complications from the growth of the foreskin. I recall my brother having to have it done when we were kids to relieve a 'blockage' causing pain during urinating. Female 'circumcism' is the slicing off of the clitoris meaning she will never gain pleasure from sexual activity, effectively turning her into an incubator. It's utterly founded in brutal male dominance of women. What a crass piece of thinly veiled anti semitism. GogExile
  • Score: -2

7:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

welshmen says...

Remember the nit nurse, now there should be a **** nurse, make yearly clitoris inspections, intentional perpetrators of this vile operation will know that they will be found out and prosecuted....20,000 a year are performed and nobody gets arrested, or may be one, haven't heard the end result for that yet....
Remember the nit nurse, now there should be a **** nurse, make yearly clitoris inspections, intentional perpetrators of this vile operation will know that they will be found out and prosecuted....20,000 a year are performed and nobody gets arrested, or may be one, haven't heard the end result for that yet.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

8:31am Fri 1 Aug 14

Raymond Luxury-Yacht says...

GogExile wrote:
Raymond Luxury-Yacht wrote:
In the interests of balance what of male circumcision ? Most healthcare professionals now agree that the risks associated with routine circumcision, such as infection and excessive bleeding, outweigh any potential benefits. Some UK clinical commissioning groups currently fund religious or ritual circumcision on the NHS. So why don't we hear anything about this? I believe that circumcision for religious or cultural reasons for both males and females should be stopped.
Are you seriously comparing the two? Male circumcision is a pretty common medical procedure to counteract complications from the growth of the foreskin. I recall my brother having to have it done when we were kids to relieve a 'blockage' causing pain during urinating. Female 'circumcism' is the slicing off of the clitoris meaning she will never gain pleasure from sexual activity, effectively turning her into an incubator. It's utterly founded in brutal male dominance of women. What a crass piece of thinly veiled anti semitism.
Take two minutes to read my comment again. Crass antisemitism? You are completely wrong. Are you aware that male circumcision for non medical reasons is also common in most Muslim countries and the United States? My point, is that mutilation of both males and females for non medical reasons is unnecessary and barbaric. I have no problem when surgery is carried out for medical conditions where necessary.
[quote][p][bold]GogExile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Raymond Luxury-Yacht[/bold] wrote: In the interests of balance what of male circumcision ? Most healthcare professionals now agree that the risks associated with routine circumcision, such as infection and excessive bleeding, outweigh any potential benefits. Some UK clinical commissioning groups currently fund religious or ritual circumcision on the NHS. So why don't we hear anything about this? I believe that circumcision for religious or cultural reasons for both males and females should be stopped.[/p][/quote]Are you seriously comparing the two? Male circumcision is a pretty common medical procedure to counteract complications from the growth of the foreskin. I recall my brother having to have it done when we were kids to relieve a 'blockage' causing pain during urinating. Female 'circumcism' is the slicing off of the clitoris meaning she will never gain pleasure from sexual activity, effectively turning her into an incubator. It's utterly founded in brutal male dominance of women. What a crass piece of thinly veiled anti semitism.[/p][/quote]Take two minutes to read my comment again. Crass antisemitism? You are completely wrong. Are you aware that male circumcision for non medical reasons is also common in most Muslim countries and the United States? My point, is that mutilation of both males and females for non medical reasons is unnecessary and barbaric. I have no problem when surgery is carried out for medical conditions where necessary. Raymond Luxury-Yacht
  • Score: 2

2:52pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Gweneira says...

From research undertaken, a high number of women and girls within Newport, whether born here or immigrants have undergone FGM. It really is child abuse and I commend Newport City Council for a zero tolerance approach towards this inhumane and unnecessary barbaric behaviour. For those readers who think there may be similarities to male circumcision, may I draw your attention to the WHO description of the four types of FGM.

Type I.
This type of excision consists of cutting of the clitoral prepuce (foreskin) and or the tip of the clitoris. Relatively, this is the mildest form of genital mutilation.

Type II.
Excision also referred to as clitoridectomy is the removal of the entire clitoris and of all or part of the adjacent labia minora (small lips). The amount of flesh removed depends on local customs and experience of operators.

Type III.
Infibulation also referred to as Pharaonic circumcision.This is the most extreme form of genital mutilation. Infibulation consists of the removal of the clitoris, labia majora and labia minora. After the removal of these parts, the scraped sides (the two labias) of the vulva are then sewed together with thorns, silk or cutgut sutures to form a closure of the whole vulva region including the vaginal and urinary openings. A small opening is left for the flow of urine and menustral blood. Infibulated women have to be cut open to allow intercourse and more cut for child delivery. The girls legs are bound together from thigh to ankle for several weeks to help form scar tissues over the wound.

Type IV.
The fourth classification is “intermediate”. This consists of the cutting of the clitoris and labia minora and also stitiching of the labia majora after cutting. In some cases the clitoris and the labia minora are cut away and stitched to each other (Smith 1995).

Unclassified.
This includes: piercing or incision of clitoris and/or labia; cautersation by burning of clitoris and surrounding tissues; scraping (angurya cuts) of the vaginal orifice or cutting (gishiri cuts) of the vagina; introduction of corrosive substances into the vagina to cause bleeding or herbs into the vagina with the aim of tightening or narrowing the vagina.
From research undertaken, a high number of women and girls within Newport, whether born here or immigrants have undergone FGM. It really is child abuse and I commend Newport City Council for a zero tolerance approach towards this inhumane and unnecessary barbaric behaviour. For those readers who think there may be similarities to male circumcision, may I draw your attention to the WHO description of the four types of FGM. Type I. This type of excision consists of cutting of the clitoral prepuce (foreskin) and or the tip of the clitoris. Relatively, this is the mildest form of genital mutilation. Type II. Excision also referred to as clitoridectomy is the removal of the entire clitoris and of all or part of the adjacent labia minora (small lips). The amount of flesh removed depends on local customs and experience of operators. Type III. Infibulation also referred to as Pharaonic circumcision.This is the most extreme form of genital mutilation. Infibulation consists of the removal of the clitoris, labia majora and labia minora. After the removal of these parts, the scraped sides (the two labias) of the vulva are then sewed together with thorns, silk or cutgut sutures to form a closure of the whole vulva region including the vaginal and urinary openings. A small opening is left for the flow of urine and menustral blood. Infibulated women have to be cut open to allow intercourse and more cut for child delivery. The girls legs are bound together from thigh to ankle for several weeks to help form scar tissues over the wound. Type IV. The fourth classification is “intermediate”. This consists of the cutting of the clitoris and labia minora and also stitiching of the labia majora after cutting. In some cases the clitoris and the labia minora are cut away and stitched to each other (Smith 1995). Unclassified. This includes: piercing or incision of clitoris and/or labia; cautersation by burning of clitoris and surrounding tissues; scraping (angurya cuts) of the vaginal orifice or cutting (gishiri cuts) of the vagina; introduction of corrosive substances into the vagina to cause bleeding or herbs into the vagina with the aim of tightening or narrowing the vagina. Gweneira
  • Score: 5

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