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Three weeks ago J4MB supporters travelled to the Conservative party conference in Manchester, and over two days we supported the anti-MGM organization Women Do Complain (MDC). We handed out 2,000 leaflets – the design is here – and we engaged in a huge number of cordial discussions, many with circumcised women, including Jews and Muslims. A short video of our work is here, the first image above was taken on the second day.


We’ll be supporting MDC again on International Women’s Day, in Parliament Square, London, on 19 November (provisionally, from 12:00 – 16:00). I plan to be among those wearing white attire with red marks, similar to the attire worn by MDC supporters at a protest in Belgrave Square, the second of the images above.


I invite you to join us on 19 November in protesting against MGM, please email me mike@j4mb.org.uk to let me know if you can make it. Some T-shirts will be available, and if you can don white attire, all the better (red paint will be available). The key objective is to make ourselves (and in turn our messages on MGM) visible, and to again distribute large numbers of leaflets.


The leaflets will be similar to those we handed out in Manchester. They will point people to important materials such as the evidence that MGM is illegal in the UK and breaches Articles of UN and EU conventions, as well as videos including the findings of the 2012 Global Survey on Circumcision Harm and Child Circumcision: an Elephant in the Hospital.


For the first time, we’ll by using large J4MB placards at the London protest. We’re still working on the design, but one option being considered is this.


I look forward to you joining us for this important protest. We’ll be issuing a press release a week before the event, in a bid to maximise media coverage. The more anti-MGM protesters we have at the event, the more impact we’ll have. It really is as simple as that. Please be there, if you possibly can. Thank you.