Individuals and communities

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Oxford says “no” to cutting.

Oxford Against Cutting (OAC) is committed to working to help prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) of girls and women living in Oxfordshire.

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Harm

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines FGM as all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

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Facts

FGM is short for female genital mutilation. It is when the female genital organs are cut or injured for non-medical reasons. It has no health benefits and is very harmful.

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Law

If you are being pressured into having your daughters cut you can say "NO" Because ANY form of FGM is against the law This means that the removal of part of the clitoris or clitoral hood is also Illegal.

News

29th June 2016

Oxford Against Cutting and The Rose Community will be hosting a community fun day on Saturday 23rd July. Join us for activities, stalls, cultural dance, food and refreshments. See here for details.

27th June 2016

Sudanese man speaks out.

7th June 2016

Oxford Against Cutting launches summer poster campaign to encourage men to speak up.

Here is the poster and the press release. See here for an article in the Oxford Mail covering the campaign.

Click here to contact us and request copies of the poster.

Thank you!

Voices From Oxfordshire

E’s Story

June 27, 2016

I am a Sudanese man. I think men need to be honest with women about FGM. Men and their wives need to decide together to stop FGM and this comes from awareness and raising children according to values and morals. I would remind other men that the Prophet said that if you want your daughter to be safe, you must be safe towards other women. Otherwise it will come back to you.

I was born in Sudan and I have lived in the Netherlands. FGM has affected my two sisters, my mother, my aunt and my grandmother. They call it “sunnah”. My mother was very worried but also happy that her daughter was grown and going to be cut – this gave her value in the community but my mother remembered her own FGM so was worried also.

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