#TOTW from 17-11-15 ‘Three people have been convicted of FGM in a landmark trial in Australia’


Well for starters the eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted the new header image! It is an extract from a textbook I found lying around in an orthopaedic theatre a while back, and it still brings a smile to my face every time I see it!

As for this week’s #TOTW i’m going to use it to highlight the issue of FGM – female genital mutilation:

‘Three people have been convicted of in a landmark trial in Australia’

This week saw the end of a trial in Australia that lasted over 2 months, whereby a mother along with 2 others were found guilty of having carried out FGM. The above link provides an interesting summary of the case and is worth taking a look at if you’re at all concerned about FGM and its continued practice in places all around the world. I also tweeted this week about another FGM piece in The Guardian – again, well worth a read:

Really interesting piece on efforts to get the community in Columbia to and to

I won’t say I hope you enjoy reading them, as they aren’t the kind of articles you “enjoy” reading per se. However, they are most certainly interesting, informative and educational.



#TOTW from 31-10-15 ‘FGM reporting law comes into force’


Another good week with 11 new followers on Twitter. Haven’t had any new followers on here for a while unfortunately! Ah well, can’t have it all!

This week – yesterday in fact – saw the introduction of a new law that means allied health professionals, teachers, doctors and the like are duty-bound to report instances of Female Genital Mutilation or FGM as is is commonly known. My #TOTW therefore, is:

Calling all reporting law comes into force

If you don’t know what FGM is and are in one of the above professions, then click on the link and find out out a bit more about it. Even if you’re not in one of the above-mentioned professions and are interested in learning a bit more about the subject then go take a look! There are many instances of FGM covered in the media these days and it would be great if more people were aware of the practice and the ways in which the international community is trying to eliminate it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this far!

Until the next time…

Ben 🙂