Martin criticises endorsement of ‘female circumcision’

9th February 2018

Green Party Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Rathdown today criticised comments made by Dr Ali Selim, where he endorsed ‘female circumcision’ for medical reasons.

Speaking today, Deputy Martin said: “It is highly disappointing that, only two days after International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, the views of Dr Ali Selim were aired without proper balance and rebuttal from the people working to end this practice. Campaigners and doctors alike know that there are no medical reasons for FGM; indeed the medical consequences of FGM for women are serious and wide ranging.

“We need to listen to the stories and experiences of those who have experienced FGM and those who are working to combat it. Groups such as AkiDwA and ActionAid Ireland have expertise in this area and their insights must be involved in any discussion on FGM.

“While Female Genital Mutilation is illegal in Ireland, we need to introduce legislation that is inclusive of preventative and protective measures.  Given the misinformed views that we heard on Primetime it is clear that we must ensure that there is funding and long-term supports when it comes to raising awareness on FGM and empowering communities to tackle it.”

Earlier this week Deputy Martin spoke at the launch of ActionAid’s #EndFGM report.