“Mummy’ll Fetch the Scissors…”

Though we don’t acknowledge it as such, female genital mutilation is a growing problem all over the world today; practised in 42 African countries and now a prevalent problem in the UK, long gone are the days when we could shrug it off or not acknowledge it for the devastating effects it can have on young women and girls everywhere. We need an insight, we need an education, when little girls are cut and mutilated in dire circumstances, and women are still treated with such hostility in this day and age. The intentions of those who wish to practise FGM may not be as extreme, but the actual social, medical and moral ramifications can be far greater than we expect: it’s not a clear cut question, but it’s one that demands answers when mummies and daddies all over the nation are fetching the scissors...

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