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Thursday, 5 June 2014

1.1 - A study of the reasons why Somalia is struggling to address the Issue of Female Genital Mutilation


The past thirty years have seen the issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) gain prominence within international dialogue, and the fight to end ‘cutting’ is now global. The first recorded opposition of FGM occurred in Kenya in 1906,[1] but international pressure to end FGM was only fully mounted in 1997 when the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) issued a joint statement calling on governments to ban the practice. Their campaign drew public attention to the issue of FGM and was followed in the UK by the implementation of the Prohibition Circumcision Act of 1985.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

The English Volunteer Force: A Year On

In November 2012 I interviewed John Sheridan, leader of the little-known, right-wing street movement the English Volunteer Force (EVF)[1]Formed in July of last year, the EVF claims to stand ‘against militant Islam, Republican terror, and the extreme-Left’, while its opponents have branded members ‘opportunistic, racist thugs’.  When I spoke to John Sheridan, his group was still in embryonic form – it was yet to hold a demonstration and  was still very much in the shadow of the English Defence League (EDL). Since then the EVF has tried to establish itself as an independent organisation and has been more active, culminating in its recent demonstration outside Lunar House in Croydon. Last month I met up with  new leader Jason Lock to find out how the EVF has evolved over the past year, and question him on some of his controversial viewpoints.