Subject:  UK fails to halt female genital mutilation

 Girls are still at risk this Christmas as ‘cutters’ are flown in from abroad to perform the illegal procedure here LIBA TAYLOR Women in Somalia being educated about the dangers of genital mutilation. Campaigners in the UK are angry that there have been no prosecutions of practitioners Hundreds of British schoolgirls are facing the terrifying prospect of female genital mutilation (FGM) over the Christmas holidays as experts warn the practice continues to flourish across the country. Parents typically take their daughters back to their country of origin for FGM during school holidays, but The Independent on Sunday has been told that “cutters” are being flown to the UK to carry out the mutilation at “parties” involving up to 20 girls to save money. The police face growing criticism for failing to prosecute a single person for carrying out FGM in 25 years; new legislation from 2003 which prohibits taking a girl overseas for FGM has also failed to secure a conviction. Experts say the lack of convictions, combined with the Government’s failure to invest enough money in education and prevention strategies, mean the practice continues to thrive. Knowledge of the health risks and of the legislation remains patchy among practising communities, while beliefs about the supposed benefits for girls remain firm, according to research by the Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (Forward). As a result, specialist doctors and midwives are struggling to cope with increasing numbers of women suffering from long-term health problems, including complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Campaigners are urging ministers to take co-ordinated steps to work with communities here and overseas to change deep-seated cultural attitudes and stamp out this extreme form of violence against women. The author and life peer Ruth Rendell, who has campaigned against FGM for 10 years, said: “When I helped take the Bill through Parliament seven years ago, I was very hopeful that we’d get convictions and that would then act as a deterrent for other people. But that has never happened and my heart bleeds for these girls. This mutilation is forever; nothing can be done to restore the clitoris, and that is just very sad for them. I have repeatedly asked questions of ministers from all departments about why there has never been a prosecution and why we still do not have a register of cases. But while they are always very sympathetic, nothing ever seems to get done. Teachers must not be squeamish and must talk to their girls so we can try and prevent it from happening.” FGM is classified into four types, of varying severity; type 3 is the most mutilating and involves total removal of the clitoris, labia and a narrowing of the whole vagina. An estimated 70,000 women living in the UK have undergone FGM, and 20,000 girls remain at risk, according to Forward. The practice is common in 28 African countries, including Somalia, Sudan and Nigeria, as well as some Middle Eastern and Asian countries such as Malaysia and Yemen. It is generally considered to be an essential rite of passage to suppress sexual pleasure, preserve girls’ purity and cleanliness, and is necessary for marriage in many communities even now. It has no religious significance. The most common age for the procedure is between eight and 11 but it can be carried out just after birth or just before marriage. It carries the risk of death from bleeding or tetanus, and long-term problems include urinary incontinence, recurrent infections and chronic pain. Reversal procedures are necessary in order to avoid major problems for a woman and baby during childbirth. In the UK, some women have to travel hundreds of miles to one of 15 specialist clinics because services and training are so patchy. There are no specialist clinics at all in Scotland, or Wales, and student doctors, midwives and social workers are not routinely taught to recognise or deal with FGM. A DVD, paid for by Baroness Rendell, which shows health workers how to reverse FGM will be launched in January. She hopes the next generation of health professionals will be better equipped to help affected women, many of whom suffer from long-term psychological effects such as flashbacks, anxiety and nightmares. Amina, 55, originally from Somalia, underwent type 3 FGM, with no anaesthetic, when she was 11. One of the lucky ones, she suffered no long-term physical health problems but still carries psychological scars. She has been vilified by practising communities for campaigning against FGM and for refusing to allow four of her daughters to be mutilated; the fifth suffered the procedure while in the care of her grandmother. The government funding that allowed Amina to work with families in Yorkshire, going door to door, to schools and community centres, talking about legal and health risks, ran out in March. The Somali model Waris Dirie was mutilated at the age of five. She set up the Waris Dirie Foundation in 2002 to help eradicate FGM. She said: “I am worried about the situation in Europe and the US, as FGM seems to be on the rise in these places. In the 21st century, a crime this cruel should not be accepted in a society as developed as England. No one can undo the trauma that is caused by this horrible crime; it stays in your head for ever. So what we should focus on is that there won’t be another victim.” Jackie Mathers, a nurse from the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board, said: “These families do not do this out of spite or hatred; they believe this will give their daughters the best opportunities in life. We would like a conviction, not against the parents, but against a cutter, someone who makes a living from this. We have anecdotal information that the credit crunch means people can’t go home, so they’re getting cutters over for ‘FGM parties’. It is hard for people to speak out because they are from communities that are already vilified as asylum seekers, so to stand up against their communities is to risk being ostracised. But we have to empower girls and women to address this, along with teachers, school nurses and social workers. We can’t ignore it; it is mutilation.” A Home Office spokesman said: “We have appointed an FGM co-ordinator to drive forward a co-ordinated government response to this appalling crime and make recommendations for future work.”

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Mutilation fears for Kenyan girl By Max Blenkin From: AAP September 19, 2009 2:10PM Increase Text Size Decrease Text Size Print Email Share Add to Digg Add to del.icio.us Add to Facebook Add to Kwoff Add to Myspace Add to Newsvine What are these? THE Opposition has urged Immigration Minister Chris Evans to grant immediate protection to an African girl who fears she will be forced to undergo genital mutilation if deported to her homeland. Opposition immigration spokeswoman Sharman Stone said the minister had wideranging discretionary powers to allow Australia’s protection in such cases. Dr Stone said millions of young girls, mostly in Africa, were subjected to genital mutilation each year, suffering enormous harm. “If this is the case, she is in genuine danger. She should be given protection and the minister should use his discretion immediately,” she said. “If he isn’t choosing to use his discretion, he needs to give us a very transparent account of what the problems and issues are so the advocate for this young woman can understand what other option they’ve got.” The case relates to Teresia Ndikaru Muturi, 21, who came to Australia from Kenya to attend Catholic World Youth Day last year. Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar. End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar. She and some others who attended the event have now sought Australian protection visas. Ms Muturi wants to stay in Australia on the grounds that her mother, an adherent to the banned Mungiki sect, would force her to undergo genital mutilation and marriage to a much older man if she returned to Kenya. “They believe that if you are circumcised, you would be the full woman. You can get married,” she told ABC Radio. However her application to the Refugee Review Tribunal was rejected. Franciscan nun Sister Aileen Crowe has now taken up her case, applying unsuccessfully to Senator Evans to intervene. Senator Evans is now considering fresh information in a second application. Sister Crowe said Australian law up until now did not recognise cases such as that of Ms Muturi. “The only way they can be recognised is if they go to the minister,” she said. “It is just a lottery. People’s lives are at stake in this lottery.” That’s set to change under legislation soon to be considered in parliament that offers what’s termed “complementary protection” in cases where applicants for protection visas fear they face honour killing or genital mutilation. A spokesman for Senator Evans said all cases involving asylum seekers were thoroughly assessed on their merits. “People are not removed from Australia until their cases have been assessed and a decision has been made,” he said. However Dr Stone said the opposition objected to any changes that handed ministerial discretion back to departmental officials. “There are cases like this young woman that are complex, involving cultural practices from other countries which don’t fit into the refugee conventions,” she said. “It should not be simply subject to departmental officials.”

Save The Pussy

Posted: August 14, 2009 in 1

If you treat the pussy as a pet,   let me tell you – it will always be wet.         If you gently lay it in the hay,  I guarantee – it will want to play.      Love it and touch it right,   and that pussy – could be yours tonight.           The pussy will make you moan and groan,   treat it well and it will never roam.          But fill it with stitches ,   just so some-one will hitch-us.       Then please explain, why you cause us such pain,   we would be more than happy – to just abstain.        Pleasure can ultimately be enjoyed by all,   for the right man – we are in for the long hall.        Mutilation of a nation will bring no gain,    for what – just so the male population can reign.            For those that have endured mutilation,   I have nothing but absolute admiration.         However if you keep up with circumcision,   you are only causing a huge division.            You know we all came from the womb,   and in this world – there is plenty of room.            Black or white – none of us really want to fight,   and as people – we all have the same right.           So deep in our gut –  we all know – it’s really not right to cut ………………………….The Vagina Doctor  –  Samantha Bachman

Save The Pussy. ……………If you treat the pussy as a pet, Let me tell you – it will always be wet. If you gently lay it in the hay, I guarantee – it will want to play Love it and touch it right, and that pussy – could be yours tonight The pussy will make you moan and groan, Treat it well and it will never roam. But fill it with stitches, Just so some-one will hitch-us Then please explain why you cause us such pain We would be more than happy to just abstain Pleasure can ultimately be enjoyed by all For the right man we are in for the long hall Mutilation of a nation will bring no gain For what – just so the male population can reign For those that have endured mutilation I have nothing but absolute admiration However if you keep up with circumcision You are only causing a huge division You know in your gut Its really not right to cut………………….” The Vagina Doctor”, Samantha Rayn Bachman

Through my Wealth Template and The Heart Beat of Wealth Program, I love to teach people how they too, are able to accomplish great things by opening their mind to the possibilities of creation. No matter what your perceived fears, weaknesses or adversities,  open your heart and your mind to the gifts from the Cosmos that have been given to us all. Most people try to let the good in by thinking about it occasionally, I say  you need to have the doors of chance open always. The fastest way is to be constantly aware of your thought vibration at any given time, there are 12 areas of life that need to be in balance for all to flow perfectly.

My  message is clear, if you want it all, you have to run through the door of opportunity, head held high, smile on your face, acknowledging who you are, your passion, your brilliance, your gift, and make the decision to literally leap into life. All it takes is a decision, to acknowledge your vision, make a plan and stick with it.

We all have opportunities in our lives. Become aware of the ones that are right in front of you. What may seem like a chance encounter, could be an amazing opportunity. It may not be in the form of one big lucky break… but it will manifest if you take all the small breaks that lead up to it. Create the mindset that it is given if you ask and then believe it is on it’s way and be prepared to receive it with gratitude when it arrives.

When you understand the way your mind works you will know that you can bring about the things you are seeking, just by planting the idea into your subconscious…your subconscious will then get to work on making it come about and you will suddenly start to see those opportunities popping up everywhere.

 The universe once told me, the biggest misconception people have about their past is thinking it can detract from the rest of their life. It can’t. It only makes more stuff possible!

Samantha Bachman

I get so much criticism for standing up for female rights it amazes me. It seems those that criticize are doing nothing BUT criticizing.
Take a look at videos like this; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fUlsMafFjM&feature=channel_page  or this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Avwuf3hr5Q&feature=channel_page  and you may understand why I stand up for the rights of a women to make an informed choice as to what happens to her body
I have been told to keep my nose out of it and that we should not interfere. look at these ones too; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fUlsMafFjM&feature=channel_pagehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEe5hgrVti0&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojRYxEseWa0&feature=related
It is obvious that if some-one doesn’t stand up for these girls, the cruelty will go on.
I named one of my products after a women named Alicia, due to her having the courage to film a documentary on Female Genital Mutilation when she was only 20.
She was shot at on her 21st birthday to try and stop her leaving Somalia with the film footage.
This is the type of women I admire, not those that sit on their ass and do nothing to change the world but criticize those that are trying.
Some have told me I know nothing about FGM, they say that based on the bit they know.
I have traveled for many years and seen it first hand in many areas, and no matter which form of FGM or circumcision is done it is not necessary and cause much pain and suffering to many hundreds of thousands of women.
Below is an extract from my book on the subject.

Learning From Past Failures

Sometimes, the best way to learn how to do something is first to learn how not to do it. There have been many efforts in past years by government and religious organisations to stamp out FGC but all been abysmal failures. Christian missionaries in many parts of Africa tried in vain for many years to persuade tribal leaders that FGC should be abandoned .

 

The bitterness and resentment most Africans feel towards Western influence must not be underestimated. The slave trade and the carving up of Africa by European colonists have left the vast majority highly suspicious and mistrusting of any Western meddling in their personal and social affairs. Most Westerners are not aware of the atrocities committed in the name of colonisation in 18th and 19th century Africa. Essentially, the major players in European politics, France, England and Germany participated in a race to divide up the continent between them. France settled mostly in Western and Northern Africa, England in Southern Africa and the others grabbed pockets in between. The lucrative businesses of diamond mining and slave trading proved to be irresistible to entrepreneurs. The promise of enormous financial gain combined with the prevailing view that black Africans were really more animal than man and did therefore did not warrant being treated in a humane manner led to gross injustices against the people and their land.

 

Missionaries went over to the Dark Continent in droves to spread the Good News and save the primitive and barbaric peoples from a Hell they were not aware even existed. While many of these missionaries went with honourable intentions, the arrogance of the white man regarding his superior status and customs was a bitter pill for many Africans to swallow. Cultural imperialism is defined as, “the practice of promoting, distinguishing, separating, artificially injecting of the culture or language of one nation in another. It is usually the case that the former is a large, economically or militarily powerful nation and the latter is a smaller, less affluent one” and is a classic construct in the study of colonialism and its after effects. It is often used in a pejorative or derogatory sense when discussing the impact American culture has on the world.

 

This diversion into global politics may seem a little bit off topic at first but it quickly becomes relevant when considered in context with the thoughts of Africa’s young intellectuals. Most are innately aware that there is something inherently wrong about FGC but are caught between bowing to Western pressure once again and abandoning traditional customs altogether or hanging on to their African identity and continuing to cut their children. This evidence in conjunction with the results of the Tostan programme indicates unequivocally that Western money and resources are used most effectively if they are channelled through initiatives and organisations that are given to Africans themselves.

 

Another dismal failure took place in the first half of the 20th century when governments of the Sudan and Kenya tried to enact legislation against FGC. In Kenya specifically, the legislation only furthered to strengthen the practice, as it became a symbol of resistance against the colonial government. Even though colonial governments no longer exist in Africa, modern attempts at legislation by governments of practising countries have proved to be solely an academic exercise. 
End of extract:

ONE CHARACTERISTIC OF TRUTH IS THAT IT NEEDS NO DEFENSE;  IT’S SELF-EVIDENT. THAT “ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL” REQUIRES NO JUSTIFICATION OR RHETORICAL PERSUATION. THAT IT’S WRONG TO MUTILATE REQUIRES NO ARGUMENT EITHER.

Please stop the criticism and help with support or shut up!

 

Copy of interview with Samantha by Ruth Wilkinson from Love Honey in the UK:

The Mango Juicer is far from your average sex toy. What inspired you to make it and how did it end up with such a unique name?

I LOOK AT THE MANGO JUICER AS A TOOL OF AWARENESS, WE HAVE PLENTY OF SEX TOYS, BUT THE MANGO JUICER IS ABOUT THREE THINGS,

1. THAT WE DO HAVE A G-SPOT, AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT WITH HUMOR VIA THE MANGO JUICER, INCLUDING THE MALE G-SPOT!

2. IT BRINGS AWARENESS THAT 6,000 GIRLS A DAY ARE HAVING THERE CLITORIS REMOVED WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT OR UNDERSTANDING, ( AND IN A VERY CRUEL WAY) ,WHICH MEANS THEY CAN NEVER HAVE A CLITORAL ORGASM. THEY OFTEN SUFFER PAIN THEIR WHOLE LIFE AND ARE UNABLE TO URINATE PROPERLY WHICH ARE MINOR PROBLEMS COMPARED TO WHAT SOME WOMEN ENDURE AFTER THE PROCEDURE.

3. IT IS A FUND RAISER THAT HAS GIVEN PERMISSION TO TALK ABOUT A SUBJECT (FGM) WHICH IS HARD TO BRING UP UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, THE MJ HAS FOUND A WAY OF DISCUSS IT VIA HUMOR WHICH OPENS DOORS ALL THE WAY.

THE NAME CAME ABOUT AS MAN- GO AND MANGO JUICER WAS THE IDEAL NAME TO HAVE IT DISCUSSED AS A KITCHEN UTENSIL TO GET IT THROUGH CUSTOMS IN AREAS WHERE A SEX TOY WOULD NOT. AND OF COURSE THE MANGO REPRESENTS THE FEMALE VAGINA AND HOW BY PLAYING IN THAT AREA “JUICES” FLOW. SO WHEN WE SAY, HAVE YOU JUICED YOUR MANGO TODAY, WE ARE REALLY SAY, HAVE YOU PLEASED YOURSELF, AS WE KNOW LOVE MAKING LIFTS OUR SPIRITS AND SENDS US OUT WITH A SMILE ON OUR FACE.

IT ALSO AGAIN, REMINDS US OF THOSE POOR WOMEN WHO NEVER EXPERIENCE LOVE MAKING AS PLEASURABLE.

How does the Mango Juicer work?

MMMMM WELL………….YOU JUST PUT IT IN, PULL IT OUT, PUT IT IN, PULL IT OUT, PUT IT IN, PULL IT OUT, PUT IT IN, PULL IT OUT

GOT THE IDEA?

WHAT IS HAPPENING WHILST DOING THE ABOVE, ……YOU ARE RUNNING IT OVER THE G-SPOT (PROSTATE GLAND), AND JUICING YOUR MANGO!

Were there any issues that you had to take in to consideration to ensure that it was also suitable for women affected by FGM?

IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR WOMEN WITH FGM ONLY THOSE THAT HAVE HAD CLITORECTOMIES.

WELL IN SAYING THAT IF THEY HAVE HAD THE PROCEDURE REVERSED AND ARE OPEN THEN, YES THAT CAN USE IT TO JUICE THEIR MANGO

How have people responded to the product?

THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TALK ABOUT MASTURBATION, THE FACT WE HAVE A G-SPOT AND SO DOES THE MALE AND HAVE BECOME AWARE OF FGM.

MORE DOOR HAVE OPENED ON PLATFORMS NORMALLY NOT OPEN TO THIS DISCUSSION.

IN SHORT THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN “BLOODY BRILLIANT”!

You’re affectionately known as ‘The Vagina Doctor’. Do you want to tell us how you ended up with this nickname?

I HAVE WORKED IN INDIA WITH VILLAGE WOMEN EDUCATING ON THE NEED FOR VAGINA HYGIENE TO STOP THE PROBLEM OF CONSTANT VAGINAL CANDIDA AMONGST 3RD WORLD WOMEN. A DOCTOR IN INDIA NICK NAMED ME THE VAGINA DOCTOR AND IT STUCK FROM THERE.

WHEN YOU ARE INTRODUCED AS THE VAGINA DOCTOR PEOPLE CERTAINLY LISTEN TO WHAT COMES NEXT.

How does your work as The Vagina Doctor fit in with your other careers, especially the comedy angle?

WELL WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE, I AM INTO MENSTRUATION, MASTURBATION, FGM, SEX EDUCATION, VAGINAL HYGIENE, FEMALE RIGHTS AND VAGINA HUMOR, THEY ACTUALLY FIT WELL TOGETHER DON’T YOU THINK?

LIKE I SAY, WE HAVE THE PUSSY, WE MAKE THE RULES!

Why should people buy the Mango Juicer?

TO JUICE THEIR MANGO

TO FIND THEIR G-SPOT

TO FIND THEIR PARTNERS G-SPOT

TO SUPPORT STOPPING FGM

AND TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT ON THE TRAIN.

LOVE AND HUGS TO ALL,

SAMANTHA