It’s Time to Talk on Stop FGM Day

Anj Handa

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Today is both ‘International’ Stop FGM Day and also ‘Time to Talk’ Day, so it feels like the right time to share with you the story of a lady that has had a big impact on my life and whose resilience and determination in the face of adversity has been truly humbling. Heavily pregnant, A came to the UK a couple of years ago. She was fleeing from a forced marriage to a violent man forty years her senior and the risk of forcible FGM on her babies.

Her second daughter was born in London, shortly after she arrived. She had desperately wanted to give birth naturally, but due to the FGM she herself had undergone as a baby, this was not possible – I’ll spare the details. The delay in making the decision for a Caesarean section caused complications and the childbirth caused trauma to both A and her baby, who…

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