Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation – cutting. It has been described as violent abuse against women. Survivors of FGM are unaware that there is help out there for them. Efforts are being made to educate girls in schools from early age so that they can learn the dangers to their health
A charity based in South East London is calling on a nationwide protest against Female Genital Mutilation. La Fraternite, in Peckham, hosted a forum where women mainly of African origin talked their experiences and the need to have the ‘cutting’ practice eradicated in the UK.
Many of the women who attended had experience of FGM. They are shy about it and reluctant to discuss their problem with anyone.
The charity and other experts are urging the women not to be afraid and to discuss their problems. By talking about it, they said, it would help prevent or even stop the practice.
Met Police have set up units in a number of areas in London. They are staffed with trained officers who have said they would rather help than prosecute.
The Female Genital Mutilation practice is illegal in the UK and offenders can be prosecuted. Very little legal action has been taken and hardly any cases have ended up in court
There have been reports of cutting parties in England. African midwives have been invited over to perform the mutilation on more than one girl.
NHS stats show that in the UK 60,000 girls are at risk annually (2013 – 24,000). London has 15,000 at risk annually (2013 – 6,500) Numbers are rising.
Charities are setting up safe places for women. This is where they can talk and discuss their problem
For more contact La Fraternite at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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