Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective (Ashgate / Routledge, 2015)
> Hilary Burrage has written the most definitive book ever on FGM. An invaluable tool to help eradicate it worldwide. A personal triumph. (The Guardian)
> … Outraged at ineffective child protection, Burrage provides a comprehensive, scholarly yet accessible guide – the first ethically correct textbook in the world about FGM and among the best ever – to professionals and all people of conscience. (Tobe Levin von Gleichen, Harvard and Oxford Universities)
> The best book ever written about the sensitive subject of FGM : Amazon.com ***** (Sayydah Garrett, Pastoralist Child Foundation)
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Estimates vary, but well over 20,000 babies and children in the UK are thought to be at serious risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) in any one year. Probably somewhere around 140,000 women and girls living in Britain have experienced, or are serious risk of experiencing, FGM. Available data for continental Europe and the USA suggest about half a million people may have been harmed in each case. The global number of women and girls now living with FGM is staggering, thought until 2015 to be perhaps 140 million, and in 2016 revealed by UNFPA and the WHO to be around 200 million.
These figures indicate fundamental human rights and complex public health challenges on a extraordinary scale for western nations, as well as for those in the developing world. FGM and other violence against women and girls is the responsibility of everyone, everywhere.
My book, Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation, seeks to identify pathways, particularly in Britain and other first-world countries, to a future without female genital mutilation. The focus is on understanding how FGM has become so prevalent in modern nations (such as – but by no means exclusively – the UK, the USA, Australia and some western European states) and via that understanding to seek ways to ensure this harmful traditional practice is eradicated as soon as possible.This website is where I welcome comments, corrections, new information and contacts, and readers’ ideas relating to that discussion.
Whilst substantial reference must be made in all publications about FGM to practice, traditions and legislation in non-western and developing nations, the methodologies for FGM eradication in any given location are obviously influenced by widely differing local cultures and norms. Detailed consideration of ways forward in nations which do not largely share modern western understandings – absolutely vital as such consideration is – reaches beyond the competence and scope of the current publication. The examinations of fundamental aspects of FGM and its cessation which run throughout Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation may however helpfully inform the issues as they present across the globe.
Your contributions to all these conversations are warmly welcome.
Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation, by Hilary Burrage (October 2015), is available worldwide from all good bookshops and via the Ashgate / Routledge website.