An End to Female Genital Mutilation

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An End to Female Genital Mutilation -

A PhD study that matters  

International migration, and the import of Female Genital Mutilation practices to Western countries, has propelled the need for the UK, Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada to confront the heinous practice of FGM.

To be graphically clear, FGM is the practice of mutilating young girls. Adults hack and irreparably mutilate the genitalia of young girls. These are horrible crimes that are very difficult to imagine, let alone confront.

In countries which welcome and enjoy the benefits of migration and integration, the practice of FGM is too often also introduced into Western society. 

Because FGM in modern societies, as a practice and a crime, has been poorly defined and under-exposed, proliferation has occurred ‘below the radar’. There has been little ability or incentive to publicize or prosecute the frequent movement of young girls for the sole purpose of mutilating them.

Publicizing such horror is a thankless task and the messengers are often vilified and sidelined, thus perpetuating FGM practices.

In offering an opportunity and forum for advanced research into Female Genital Mutilation at PhD level, St Andrews University does not shrink from the difficulties attached to research of this nature.

I am honoured to have been accepted into the St. Andrew’s research family, especially given the sensitivity of my research subject.

In my work around FGM abolition over the past 8 years at UN levels in New York and Geneva, and my involvement in encouraging integration of anti FGM efforts internationally, I’ve seen directives and mandates censoring and criminalizing FGM practices. See #ENDFGM and #GAFGM on twitter. Also a UN Special magazine article - one of many articles I’ve been able to publish

https://indydianewalsh.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/un-special-article-by-diane-walsh-foreign-correspondent-fpa-london.pdf

UN Special website
http://www.unspecial.org/2013/02/change-the-fate-of-girls-it’s-in-our-hands/

Volunteers to end FGM have seen successes. All too often these successes have further inspired those who would continue or enable mutilation practices, to misrepresent the work of those working to eradicate the practice.

It’s a perverse conundrum for anti FGM campaigners. Advanced research is needed to discover effective ways of acquiring strong public understanding of the problem and its scale without such publicity being used to undermine the eradication purpose.

Campaigners are almost entirely volunteers. My work has been almost entirely unfunded.

It’s now time to match St. Andrew’s brave offer with proper research funding.

So, to those whose understanding of FGM practices is already enlightened, I respectfully ask for your financial support which will enable this unique opportunity to add to the international efforts to spare so many millions of young girls from mutilations that bring pain and misery to them, thus normalizing a barbaric and criminal practice.

 Anti-FGM leadership at a university with this level of prestige can have a marked positive global influence. Coupled with the 2012 United Nations resolution to end FGM in one generation, it is in this historically pivotal area that I can and will make a useful contribution. Please consider pledging your support.

Time is of the essence.

It is not me as an individual that you would be helping - it is about what you would be doing for girls and women in harm's way - joining together to fight FGM on a global scale. In a global village it is only through an international federated effort that female genital mutilation will be successfully stopped and it is with this objective that I am asking for your financial support.

Remember:

If current trends aren't stopped, as many as 30 million girls are at-risk of being mutilated. Internationally more than 130 million girls and women have already undergone FGM in 29 countries in Africa. However less frequently cited are (Egypt), countries in the Middle East,  Asia (Indonesia), the Caribbean (Jamaica)...

Please always feel welcome to contact me with any questions.

Diane Walsh, MA

@dwalshmedia
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Hope to upload a PDF of the newspaper page but here is a early peak. A real honour!
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Just a quick note to all donors and supporters to say that I have arrived safely and am settled in my room now. I have matriculated successfully and already have my first week's reading. Hooray! Thanks again everyone! Lots love and pics to follow.
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Breaking News! Thanks to everybody who donated and supported. I'm on my way to UStAndrews. So helpful for the entire #nofgm abolition #endFGM movement. Please watch my newsfeed space at @dwalshmedia on twitter for progress information. ~ Diane Walsh, MA
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A quick message to all those who have supported me and endorsed my work, a huge thank you! I am delighted and enthusiastic with the positive response to the campaign and with a scholarship in place now for the upcoming semester. I am overwhelmed and touched by all your emails and encouragement. Thank you everyone! Deep appreciation. I am really hoping against hope that I am able to raise this remaining still much needed amount. I am keeping the campaign open for only a few [~ 4 ] more weeks! Please share with friends. I have secured funding to begin -all is a go. Installment arrangements, in place. However I crucially need to raise the remainder; kindly share the campaign with colleagues and let them know you've donated. Your endorsement is an honor and will enable the campaign to reach goal.
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Anonymous
36 months ago
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36 months ago
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Jessica Van der Veen
36 months ago

Best wishes and thank you for doing this brave and essential research Diane. I share your determination to end FGM.

LW
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Larry Wartels
37 months ago

Thank you for your selfless commitment to FGM Abolition.

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37 months ago
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Tobe Levin von Gleichen
38 months ago

Wish it could be more... Right on, Diane.

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38 months ago
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Aaron Benjamin
39 months ago

Congratulations Diane! Best of luck!

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