Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation – Cutting illegal

Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation
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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 being made to educate girls in schools from an 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 keep urging the women not to be afraid and to discuss the 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 and staffed with trained officers. They would would rather help than prosecute.

The Female Genital Mutilation practice is illegal in the UK. Offenders can be prosecuted. Very little legal action has been taken, though, and hardly any cases ended up in court.

Cutting parties are popular in various areas of 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).  In London  15,000 at risk annually (2013 – 6,500) Numbers are rising.

Charities setting up safe places for women. This is where they can talk and discuss problems.

Work continues with the community. The cutting practice still happens.  So how does the future look?

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