U.K. girls learn about female genital mutilation before danger of ‘cutting season’ 

Likely an issue in Canada as well:

She teaches the types of FGM, how children can contact international organizations for help, and how to avoid getting on a plane to leave the country if they suspect they’re going for FGM.

“There’s one trick, called spoon-in-knickers,” Wardere says. “You can put something metal in your underwear when you’re going to the airport and [the detector] will sound. Everyone working in the airport is trained that if with an underage child, the detector goes off, you need to take them on the side, find out what’s going on.”

Wardere says what’s most important about what she does is making children aware of FGM and then sending them home to discuss it with their parents.

“For the first time,” she says, “that conversation is happening.”

Ali also teaches about FGM and talks about her experience. She recently returned from the Women of the World festival in Karachi, Pakistan. She says she’s received threats for sharing her story, “mostly from men.” She says people will come right up and tell her to her face.

“Just because I was talking about my own experience and something that’s happened to me, they were like, ‘F—  you’ and ‘You’re selling out to the white people’ and I just kept saying: ‘No. Actually, I’m talking about feminism and I’m talking about women’s rights.'”

Wardere also felt resistance. At first.

“Sometimes communities don’t know who is for them and who is against them,” she says. “Even if you come from that community itself. They need time to adjust and you know, figure out who you are, and then respect you and then let you in.”

Source: U.K. girls learn about female genital mutilation before danger of ‘cutting season’ – World – CBC News

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