“This is a young girl /shed some blood / they said …” we see in a manuscript embedded on a painting. But whose command? Whose words? The mother’s? The father’s? The aunties’? The girl’s own longing to belong? If you answer All of the above, you’d be right. FGM is a hydra-headed beast hungry for hostages, or “prisoners of ritual,” to use the useful phrase that Hanny Lightfoot-Klein gave us. What doorknob will release those in thrall to this directive – shed some blood?
The keyboard is the key. Huff’ Post journalist Hilary Burrage has just let the world know that cyberspace is the host of choice — to air our solidarity, share our vision, and make the world aware that girls’ blood has been shed long enough. Please click on http://hilaryburrage.com/2013/08/28/fighting-female-genital-mutilation-with-our-keyboards-the-feminist-statement-on-fgm-is-launched-today/
Read and SIGN the FEMINIST STATEMENT ON THE NAMING AND ABOLITION of Female Genital Mutilation.