Last year, I wrote a rather dour post on this celebration of all things women, about the treatment of women in other parts of the world. So this year, I thought I'd write about something a little more cheerful than lawful beatings and unacceptable rape laws in Islamic countries.
So here is a truly hideous video about female genital mutilation.
My colleague could not watch this video to the end. I did, and I felt sick and angry and close to tears.
Watch it. Please.
UPDATE: naturally, the government has no idea whether their legislation has worked or not.
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley, Labour)To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many social service interventions have taken place relating to female genital mutilation since the introduction of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003; and what assessment he has made of the outcome of such interventions.
Parmjit Dhanda (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills)
holding answer 1 February 2007I have been asked to reply.
The Department does not hold this information.
Well, thanks for that.