I almost thought this would never be finished. I started researching what FGM was in early 2015. For those who don’t know FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation. It’s a horrific practice where girls, sometimes even babies, have their outer genitalia cut off and sewn up under the guise of a ‘cultural practice’.
There’s no way I want to pretend I’ve played a big role in getting this subject out of the shadows and talked about more so it can be stopped, but during my 19 months of work so many people hadn’t heard of it so it’s definitely something we need to talk about more.
My final report that went to air on LBC was three minutes long and led into interviews with politicians about what’s being done to get the UK’s first conviction.
But to pretend there was only enough material for a three minute package would be a lie. I’ve made a ten minute documentary which still only scratches the surface on such an important human rights and equality issue.
So here it is.
Here’s how it sounded at 7:50am during Nick Ferrari’s LBC breakfast show on Thursday 15th September.
This is how it was broadcast during Shelagh Fogarty’s show at 2:30pm later that day.
I couldn’t say I’m finished, because girls are still being cut and still no one’s been brought to justice for mutilating girls in the UK, but I am glad I’ve finally been able to share the work I’ve been rattling on about.
Thank you to:
Hibo Wardere – FGM Campaigner. Hoda Ali – FGM Campaigner. Layla Ismail – Forward UK. Lisa Zimmerman, Muna Hassan and everyone at Integrate Bristol. DCI Leanne Pook – Avon and Somerset Police. Baroness Northover – Spokesperson for International Development. MP Jane Ellison – FGM Campaigner. Dr Lynne Brydon – University of Birmingham.. Dr Dina Bisson – North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Katrina Darke – The Rose Clinic. Professor Deborough Salmon – UWE. Sadya Ali – Forward UK. Mohammed El Sharif – Bristol Public Health. Claire Banks, and the school girls from St Werburghs Primary School. NSPCC. Dr Sohier Elneil and Dr Lata Gamble – UCL. Felicity Gerry QC. Zimran Samuel QC. Dr Rosa Freedman – Birmingham Law School.