Justice for FGM Victims UK is a not-for-profit organisation.
Our Advisory Board
Sir Keir Starmer, KBC, QC
Keir was called to the Bar in 1987 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002. He has conducted cases at the highest level in England and Wales, including in the House of Lords (now known as the Supreme Court) and before the Privy Council. He has also conducted cases internationally, including in international courts such as the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Right, the Caribbean Court of Justice and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
He was Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008-2013. As DPP, he was responsible for all criminal prosecutions in England and Wales. Among the complex and sensitive cases arising during his term of office were the cases about assisted suicide leading to the DPP’s guidelines on Assisted Suicide which were issued in February 2010; the various cases in which members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords were charged with criminal offences; the successful retrial in the Stephen Lawrence case; and several so-called street grooming cases.
Keir was a member of the Sentencing Guidelines Council from 2008-1010; and a member of the Sentencing Council from 2010-2013.
Linda is a French lawyer in court and legal expert on female genital mutilation (FGM) in France.
In France she was responsible for the creation and implementation of FGM jurisprudence, insisting that FGM be prosecuted as a criminal act based on the French penal code. Since 1983, in the French courts, she has successfully defended the rights of over 43 girls who have undergone FGM and has insisted that without fail, both their parents, as legal guardians, as well as cutters face prosecution.
She also worked to ensure that the Juge des Enfants (Children’s Judge) ensure that girls in France deemed at high risk of mutilation should be protected by legally preventing them from being taken out of the country and mutilated abroad.
She is a member of the Ligue du Droit International des Femmes (the International League of Women’s Rights), founded by Simone de Beauvoir. She has also led several pro bono campaigns against FGM.
Comfort Momoh MBE
Comfort is an FGM/Public Health Specialist at Guy’s Hospital in London where she specializes in the study and treatment of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Originally from Nigeria, in 1997 she set up the African Well Women’s Clinic at Guy’s Hospital in London, dedicated to caring for women affected by FGM. In 1999 she worked as an adviser to the World Health Organisation on the issue of FGM, and in 2001 represented the UK at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for services to women’s healthcare and in 2013 was invited by the Australian Health Minister to speak at their FGM Summit.
Khady is an award-winning human rights activist who has campaigned against female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage since 1986.
Originally from Senegal, she joined the Groupe pour l’Abolition des Mutilations Sexuelles (Group for the Abolition of Sexual Mutilation) – GAMS, which campaigns against FGM in France. She went on to co-found EuroNet FGM, a network of organisations that campaigns against FGM, and she also founded the Senegalese-Belgian organisation La Palabre, which campaigns against FGM, forced marriage and ‘honour’ violence through the use of education and training. Since 2002 she has worked with No Peace Without Justice, an NGO campaigning for the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy, the rule of law and international justice
Her memoir Blood Stains has been translated into 18 languages
Julie is a journalist, broadcaster, author and feminist campaigner.
Julie writes for the Guardian, New Statesman, Standpoint Magazine, The Spectator and The Sunday Telegraph, and is managing editor of Gaze – A Modern Review. Julie writes about sexual violence and abuse towards women and children, namely trafficking and prostitution, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence, homicide and murder, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and religious and harmful cultural practices.
Julie’s book, ‘Straight Expectations’ was published by Guardian Books in 2014.