Today a doctor in a Nile delta village will appear in court accused of killing a 13-year-old schoolgirl during a botched act of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in June 2013. This is the first case of its kind in the country where FGM is illegal but widely accepted. While such incidents instil understandable outrage, we need to step carefully in order that opposition to FGM is consistent and productive.
Written in collaboration with Tony Bennett
Matthew Johnson, summarizing the thoughts of Victoria Gallagher, a Community Organiser from Ashington, Northumberland, and Mary Graham, an Aboriginal Traditional Owner from Southport, Queensland and Chairperson of Murri Mura Aboriginal Corporation on A Cross-Cultural Working Group on ‘Good Culture’ and Precariousness.
The post-Election petition to allow the North of England to secede from the UK and join a 'New Scotland' highlights the deep alienation of the North from the centre of power in London, but also the problematic nature of Englishness and 'English' interests propounded by UKIP and The Conservative Party. In effect, some in the North struggle to identify with a country (England) surrounding a supposed nation (the English) with which they are identified by the UK state, but which they increasingly see as less viable than a potential independent state (Scotland) surrounding a supposed nation (the Scots) with which they do not centrally identify.