Female Genital Mutilation

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...

Non-profit warns of FGM rise in Kenyan region over holidays

Chair of the Kenyan non-profit organisation Maendeleo ya Wanawake Mary Kanana has said there could be a rise in female genital mutilation (FGM) in Meru County during this holiday season. She said that the practice is typically more prevalent in the region at this time of the year. Speaking to...

UK’s failure to successfully prosecute FGM is a ‘scandal’

The UK’s failure to carry out one successful prosecution for female genital mutilation (FGM) is a “national scandal”, according to the Home Affairs Committee. According to a report compiled by the Committee, it was “beyond belief” that there had been no convictions in...

UK authorities intercept families travelling to high risk FGM areas

Authorities have been stopping families with children travelling to and from high risk areas for female genital mutilation (FGM) at Heathrow Airport, UK. Police and border control officers have been speaking to families with girls under the age of 18 who arrived from Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone...

Russian MP drafts bill to make FGM illegal

A Russian member of parliament has drafted a bill proposing that female genital mutilation (FGM) should be made illegal. Those found guilty of carrying out the procedure on children should be punished by up to ten years in prison, according to MP Maria Maksakova-Igenbergs. Russian news outlet RT...

Pan African Parliament signs action plan to end FGM

The Pan African Parliament (PAP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) have signed an action plan to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa. The action plan will also tackle underage marriage. The agreement was reached after a PAP Women’s Caucus meeting with the UNFPA in Johannesburg,...

FGM is child abuse says UN chief

The head of the United Nations Population Fund has told the BBC that female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse. It is the first time Dr Babatunde Osotimehin has described FGM in such terms, adding that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to be stopped immediately. The...