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Channel 4 orders female genital mutilation doc

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped Love Productions to make a doc focusing on Leyla Hussein, a female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor and co-founder of Daughters of Eve.
July 19, 2013

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped Love Productions to make a doc focusing on Leyla Hussein, a female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor and co-founder of Daughters of Eve.

The hour-long, as-yet-untitled doc will capture Hussein’s campaign to make the UK Home Office responsible for ending FGM in the UK, which is practiced in some African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities in the country, as well as around the world.

Hussein and Efua Dorkenoo, from Equality Now, have launched anĀ e-petition that asks the Home Office to take over the issue from a number of government departments.

Love Productions will film over the summer and the special will broadcast in the fall. Kieran Smith executive produces.

“The statistics for this horrendous procedure are frightening and highlight what a problem this is here in the UK – more than 65,000 women living in Britain have fallen victim and a further 24,000 are said to be at risk – and yet there have been no prosecutions in the UK,” saidĀ Sara Ramsden, Channel 4′s commissioning editor for specialist factual.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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