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Coming at it from a different angle…

You’ll know that I’ve been struggling with the “direct intervention” ideas behind eradicating FGM. If it were that easy, it would have ended years ago. Various people have talked to me about systemic change and not looking at the problem head-on.Two recent news stories made me ponder. The first, in The Huffington Post, by H’Rina

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Public awareness is all well and good….

“….but what is the systemic confluence of tradition, religion, sexual politics, gender economics, education, politics, healthcare etc. that keeps something like FGM in place? And how do we break that system?” writes my friend Marshall in response to my plinth self-PR. And he is right (check out his work at: www.idiagram.com). The skeins of FGM

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Two weeks later…

I cannot believe it is exactly two weeks since the last entry. Two weeks since plinthing and the aftermath and everything that entails. Outside, the Edgware Road has been subdued by the quietest hush. When I look out of the window, I see six sets of blue lights circling and the scene gradually emerges –

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Me, the 76th plinther!

and possibly too tired to make any sense of this at all tonight – I should probably wash the fake blood out of my hair and get some kip. But, as it happened today, today it should be recorded – however briefly. The 4th plinth was, quite simply, remarkable. The questions in my previous post

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