• Date and time: Tuesday 15 November 2016, 6.30pm
  • Location: Room P/T005, Physics (please note venue has changed from that originally advertised)
  • Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

Event details

York Union event - POSTPONED

Due to unforseen circumstances this York Union event will not be going ahead. Apologies to all who were planning to attend.

5,700 cases in 2015/16.

66,000 affected in the UK.

20,000 still at risk.

And these are only the numbers on record.

Female genital mutilation is “the practice … of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for non-medical reasons”, a practice illegal in the UK but still worryingly concealed in multicultural society. The government suggests the scale of the practice may be far higher, estimating that as many as 170,000 girls in the UK have undergone the procedure — mostly under non-medical conditions, often restrained by members of their own family. Why is this abuse still happening in 21st century Britain? Why, after 30 years of illegality, does the number of convictions stand at zero? How do we break the cycle? The York Union is proud to host Leyla Hussein to speak about this vital issue. Leyla is a social activist, co-founder of the Daughters of Eve organisation and Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven. She has presented a BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 documentary ‘The Cruel Cut’, has spoken on a variety of radio and television outlets, and has been a guest speaker at national and international conferences, known for her TED talks.

We hope to see you for what will be a honest and hard-hitting talk.

To cover the expenses of hosting the event, we have a suggested donation of £2 from students and £4 from members of the public. The York Union is a strictly not-for-profit organisation and is run by a small group of volunteers.

Due to unforseen circumstances this York Union event will not be going ahead. Apologies to all who were planning to attend.

Leyla Hussein, social activist
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