Female Genital Mutilation

Possible cases of FGM reported in UK every day

Possible cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being reported every day in the UK, according to new figures by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). The organisation said that between June 2013 and January 2017, its helpline received 1,564 calls from people...

FGM jeopardises productive health, minister says

Female genital mutilation (FGM) can endanger productive health and fertility and should not be practiced, a Nigerian minister has urged. Dr Okechukwu Ossai, director of public health at the Ministry of Health in Enugu, described it as a violent practice that deprives females of being able to reach...

FGM ‘identified in medical appointments every hour in UK’

New research has shown that a woman in England attends a medical appointment where female genital mutilation (FGM) is identified every hour on average. According to an analysis of the latest annual NHS statistics by children’s charity Plan International UK, there were 8,656 total attendances...

Anti-FGM campaign launched in UK

A campaign featuring a symbolic red triangle is being launched across the UK to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), taking place on February 6th. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has partnered with the charity Freedom for the campaign to...

BanFGM conference kicks off in Rome

A high-level international conference on female genital mutilation (FGM) has begun in Rome, Italy, where campaign groups, United Nations (UN) officials and government ministers have discussed how to end the practice. Campaigners at the BanFGM conference called on governments to focus their...

Georgian government approves amendments banning FGM

The Georgian government has approved a package of amendments to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. It will bring Georgia in line with the provisions of the Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the...

Kenyan girls ‘to stay at school to avoid FGM over holidays’

It has been reported that hundreds of girls in Kenya will spend the holiday season in schools instead of going home to avoid being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) by their parents. BBC News has revealed that although many schools should have closed over a month ago, they have remained...

West African communities pledge to end FGM

More than 300 communities in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania have said they are no longer blighted by female genital mutilation (FGM). Senegal-based campaign group Tostan said that the communities declared during public ceremonies that they would no longer practise FGM. ? Tostan...

Charity warns of FGM ‘parties’ being held in the UK

A UK charity has warned that British girls are being taken to female genital mutilation (FGM) ‘parties’ where the practice is being carried out. According to the Leeds-based Black Health Initiative, midwives from African countries are being flown into the UK to perform the process,...

Amber Rudd: FGM ‘can be wiped out’

UK home secretary Amber Rudd is set to tell a major international conference today (December 1st) that female genital mutilation (FGM) can be “wiped out in a generation,” according to reports. Speaking at the Ending FGM event in London, UK, Ms Rudd will say: “FGM is a devastating...