Pro-FGM Somalian ‘ambushed’ with replica vaginas in Vancouver

Pro-FGM Somalian ‘ambushed’ with replica vaginas in Vancouver June 7, 2019
Image via YouTube

SOMALIA’S First Lady Fatima Maada Bio, above, ran into a spot of bother when she was confronted by Sarian Karim Kamara, a British anti-FGM activist, at a conference in Vancouver.

Bio, who caused a furore earlier this year when she said she did not think female genital mutilation was harmful, was addressing a major women’s rights conference this week when Kamara stunned delegates by approaching the First Lady and showed her two models of vaginas – one with no external genitalia. The activist said:

I want to present myself as evidence to you of what FGM can do to a woman. This is what my vagina should look like, and this is what it looks like now.

Image via YouTube

Kamara, above, who was born in Sierra Leone, said she had suffered a lifetime of pain and complications since being cut when she was 11.

Almost 90 percent of girls and women in the West African country have undergone FGM.

The ritual, which involves the partial or total removal of the genitalia, can cause a host of health problems. In December, a 10-year-old girl in Sierra Leone bled to death after being cut, sparking renewed calls for a ban.

Bio angered activists when she said in a televised interview that, as a circumcised woman, she would not speak out against FGM – a campaign she did not believe in – and said she needed to see evidence of the harm it caused.

She also drew criticism over a programme she leads called “Hands Off Our Girls” which focuses on ending abuses like rape and child marriage, but does not mention FGM.

However, Bio appeared to have softened her stance when she was confronted on Wednesday at the Women Deliver conference where she was speaking on a panel about girls’ education.

She told a packed hall that although she had not experienced any problems from being cut, she was open to learning more about the practice.

Bio told delegates there was a law against performing FGM on girls under 18 in Sierra Leone.

However, anti-FGM group, 28 Too Many, said there was no national law and she may have been referring to local agreements that have no legal standing.

Kamara told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Thursday that the first lady had afterwards invited her to meet when she goes to Sierra Leone, where she runs workshops on ending FGM.

“She said, ‘Call me. I want you to teach me’,” said Kamara founder of an initiative called Keep the Drums, Lose the Knife, which campaigns for alternative coming of age ceremonies.

The first lady runs the biggest girl’s movement in the country so it would be fantastic to get her on board. Her voice would be very powerful.

Several of Africa’s first ladies have played a major role in galvanising international efforts to end the practice.

On Tuesday, Burkina Faso First Lady Sika Kabore, who regularly speaks out on FGM, told activists she would talk to her Sierra Leone counterpart.

 

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  • Broga

    And yet this barbaric torture of young girls continues in the UK with MPs more interested in Bloody Brexit or who will be the next PM than taking every possible step to prevent it.

  • Norman Parron

    Amazing how the dimwitted bigoted hate filled, self-hating religious aholes go on about how prostitution or XXX movies dehumanize women, but mutilating children and occasionally causing their deaths is perfectly OK. I think they have a few loose screws in what they call brains.

  • Freethinker

    It’s a bot more than just few “loose screws in the brain” All religions are a form of mental illness usually brought on by insidious brainwashing and PTSD of young vulnerable minds by those who are supposed to be their caretakers.

  • Jennny

    Maybe true but 2 very vociferous anti-FGM campaigners have just received the OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. A local guy, awarded a lordship, sits in the House of Lords. He campaigns to protect and legislate for children who can be harmed by some religious communities by being accused of demon possession and subjected to exorcisms or appalling treatment – one or two have been killed for it. But his very quiet, but strong efforts do not make headlines, I happen to know the extent of his campaigning through a mutual friend.

  • kaydenpat

    How could someone believe that there is no harm when genitals are mutilated? Seems obvious that there would be physical damage from such a procedure.

  • Tracey

    Somalis are savages.

  • Barry Duke

    Leave another racist comment on this blog, and you WILL be banned Tracy.

  • Tracey

    Somali is a nationality, not a race.

  • Broga

    At present massive amounts of money (tax payer provides) and time is being spent to investigate and produce a report of child sexual abuse. I think, although I cannot be certain, that FGM has been excluded from the Inquiry. I doubt if much will change after various bishops have been politely questioned with the deference usually accorded to them. Prince Charles admits he was “misled” by one of them but decided not to appear in person.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised and is very sorry about it all. Same from the Pope who, at the moment, is more concerned with removing “Lead us not into temptation” from that daft prayer to a non existent GOD. It seems that we have been implying that God led us into temptation. What chance has FGM when this very important issue is causing such concern.

    The fact is, and it is a fact, that the politicians who could, with focused and determined action, do much to stop FGM in the UK. show no interest. Question them and you will get their practised, slippery responses.

  • Sau Peih

    Because worshipping at the false deity “Multiculturalism” takes precedence over child abuse…

  • Broga

    I can confirm that. FGM is “a sensitive matter” and must be referred to the “community leaders.” To my personal knowledge – admittedly a long time ago – no action was taken by them via the police. Has anything changed?