Our demonstration in Parliament Square for International Men’s Day attracted a lot of attention. A debate inside the House on male suicide resulted in Male Genital Mutilation being mentioned in the Commons. At the end of his speech opening the debate Philip Davies said this:-
There are so many other areas where men are being discriminated against, or are suffering more than women. Unfortunately, I cannot go through them all now. If they are not raised by other Members today, I hope we will have similar debates in the future, so that I can highlight the further problems faced by men. Some of the issues that I do not have time to get to include: male circumcision and its effects on some men; the fact that men suffer from anorexia and bulimia, too; the health effects of men not seeking help early enough to prevent their conditions from getting worse; the fact that men tend to live shorter lives than women; and the fact that boys underachieve in school.
We had a lot of support from Justice for Men and Boys (and the women who love them) and representatives from, 15square, Healing Men and others working with men and boys. Thank you to all who turned out and braved the weather, it never really got dry or light!
We will be staging an event in Parliament Square. We will be on the East pavement of the square near the statue of Churchill. We will be there between 12:00 and 16:00. We will be supported by the political party Justice for Men and Boys (and the women who love them) J4MB are the first political party in the UK to identify male genital mutilation as the crime and human rights violation that it certainly is, see Mike Buchanan’s talk given this September to the AGM of the charity 15 Square .
Do come and join us to show that men do complain about their mistreatment at the hands of the state, medical authorities and community leaders. Visit the contact section of the Men Do Complain website where you can get in touch if you have any questions. Dress code: blood stained overalls optional, there will be T-shirts available and leaflets to hand out to people passing by.
Manchester was the venue for the Conservative party conference and with the support of the political party Justice for Men and Boys (and the women who love them) Men Do Complain lobbied the delegates attending the conference. Also we met a lot of the protesters who had come to make their views known. There is a lot of sympathy for our campaign and with more supporters next conference season we can start to bring the sorry practice of genital mutilation to an end for all children.
Men Do Complain will be lobbying the delegates attending the Conservative party conference in Manchester on Sunday the 4th and Monday the 5th of October. We will be joined by supporters of the political party Justice for Men and Boys (and the women who love them). J4MB are the first political party to take Male Genital Mutilation seriously and to camapign for the ending this dreadful child abuse. Join us outside Manchester Central on the 4th and 5th of October.
Presentation given to the Intaktiv – Genital Autonomy conference. Frankfurt 9th May 2015.