‘ First FGM Clinic Opens in London ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN – September 22 – The UK’s first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) opened in London on Monday.

The University College Hospital clinic will initially be held once a month while demand is assessed, Reuters said.

The clinic will offer medical treatment and psychological help to girls up to 18, who have suffered or may be at risk of FGM.

The ritual is against the law in Britain.

Until now, children have been seen in adult clinic’s or not at all.

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' Authenticity of an Edict Attributed to be Sunni Islamic Group ISIS Over FGM Show Growing Doubts '

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Mosul) – July 28 – Thanks to a fellow blogger called American Liberal Times certain doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group ISIS controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about female genital mutilation (FGM) and a post provided by #AceWorldNews may appear to be incorrect, so here is an updated story from BBC News

A top UN official quoted from a statement saying that ISIS wanted all females aged between 11 and 46 in the northern city to undergo the procedure.

Jacqueline Badcock said the decree was of grave concern.

But media analysts say the decree seen on social media may be a fake.

It has typos and language mistakes and is signed by "The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant", a name the group no longer uses, instead referring to itself as the Islamic State.

Some bloggers suggest that the alleged fatwa, which has been circulated on social media for about two days, may have been aimed at discrediting Isis.

Map of countries where FGM is concentrated

Iraq is facing a radical Isis-led insurgency, with Mosul and other cities in the north-west under militant control.

The ritual cutting of girls’ genitals is practised by some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities in the belief it prepares them for adulthood or marriage.

FGM poses many health risks to women, including severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth.

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution in December 2012 calling for all member states to ban the practice.

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Earlier, Ms Badcock warned that the alleged Isis edict could affect nearly four million women and girls in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The UN’s resident and humanitarian co-ordinator in Iraq said the practice "is something very new for Iraq… and does need to be addressed".

She was talking to reporters via video link from the Kurdish provincial capital, Irbil.

Jenan Moussa, a correspondent for Dubai-based broadcaster Al AAan TV, said in a tweet that her contacts in Mosul had not heard of the edict.

Isis militants seized Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, in June, and have since taken over areas of the north-west and closed in on cities near Baghdad.

Ace Related News:

1. American Liberal Times – 25/07/2014

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' Militant Group Islamic State (IS) Orders ALL Girls and Women in Mosul to Undergo FGM '

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Mosul) – July 25 – Militant group Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday, Al-Akhbar reports.

​The “fatwa” issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by video-link from Arbil. “This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said. “

​This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.

No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.

http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2014/07/women-and-girls-in-iraq-risk-forced-circumcision/

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' FGM Prevention Programme Backed by £1.4 Million and Launched at Girl Summit 2014 '

#AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN (London) – July 22 – The FGM Prevention Programme – backed by £1.4million – is funded through the largest ever domestic funding package for FGM and is designed to improve the way in which the NHS tackles FGM and clarify the role of health professionals which is to ‘care, protect, prevent’.


​Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison said:

FGM can completely devastate the lives of sufferers.


​I am immensely proud of the work the government is doing to eradicate this dreadful practice. This will enhance the safeguarding responsibility of the NHS around FGM to care, protect and prevent.

The range of measures launched by the Department of Health at the Girl Summit to tackle FGM include:

The Girl Summit on 22 July will rally a global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation. Doing this will help preserve girls’ childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life.

Everyone has a part to play in achieving rights for girls and women around the world. Take a stand against FGM and child marriage today – pledge your support through Twitter and Facebook in the pink box. Your voices will be heard at the#GirlSummit.

Find out more about child, early and forced marriage at the Too Young To Wed exhibition at the London School of Economics, from 21 July to 1 August.

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