My FGM story. It tells of one girl’s experience with FGM in the Gambia. Watch the film by Judy Aslett and Steve Holloway of Streamline Productions in Kent.
In the UK Charities have reported that cutters have been flown to Britain to carry out female genital mutilation (FGM) on several girls at a time at specially arranged “parties”.
The Black Health Initiative (BHI) in Leeds said it was aware of girls being subjected to the horrific illegal practice at gatherings in West Yorkshire and cities across the country.
BHI told the BBC by having the girls cut at the same time it then leads to celebrations.
Women’s health charity Forward told The Independent there was “often anecdotal mention” of these so-called “cutting parties” taking place in the UK.
FGM involves the partial or full removal of the external genitalia for non-medical reasons, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
It is an extremely painful procedure and can lead to long-term health issues including infertility.
FGM is illegal in Britain and has been recognised as a severe human rights abuse.
Anyone who performs FGM can face up to 14 years in prison. Anyone found guilty of failing to protect a girl from FGM can face up to seven years in prison
NHS figures show that more than 8,000 girls in the UK have undergone FGM – which can lead to problems with sex, childbirth and mental health
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) January 14, 2017
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