Women's Rights

The Cruel Cut

This looks like a programme well worth watching.

Leyla Hussein, a campaigner and mother, was cut when she was seven years old.

Four women held her down, while a fifth person cut her. The pain was so intense that Leyla screamed for her mother to help her, before passing out.

With an estimated 24,000 British girls at risk of FGM, and 66,000 women and girls living with its terrible consequences in this country alone, Leyla wants to stop FGM.

In a horrifying report published in today’s Evening Standard, Anna Davis describes an experiment conducted by Hussein:

Approaching shoppers with the petition supporting FGM, she told them she wanted to protect her  “culture, traditions and rights”.

In only 30 minutes 19 people signed it with some saying they believed FGM was wrong but because it was part of Ms Hussein’s culture they would add their names. Only one person refused to sign.

Footage of her encounters with these shoppers will be be included in the Channel 4 programme, to be screened on Wednesday 6 November.