FGM as spectacle: the dehumanisation and commodification of the black girl

Warning: the following post contains images that readers may find graphic or disturbing. by Firdos Ali  Last week, FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere broke the news that Sky had filmed the mutilation of a little girl in Somalia and intended to broadcast the footage in the UK. FGM campaigners who had seen the footage were in… Read More

Why we need a women’s revolution in Somalia

‘At the “Vision 2016” National Conference in September 2013, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud committed to deliver a nationwide “one man, one vote” election by August 2016’ by Yasmin Maydhane Today my uncle sold his youngest daughter – a 16-year-old – to the highest bidder (yes, I mean quite literally sold – whereby the father is… Read More

The Rite to Mutilate Children

by Greta Solomon The unspoken practice of female genital mutilation is undermining efforts to create safe motherhood in the developing world. Amber (not her real name) was officially welcomed into her Ethiopian community at the age of eight, when her mother pinned her down and instructed a professional circumciser to slice off her genitalia. Battling… Read More