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Breaking The Cycle Of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

How the UK is helping to stop the practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting both in the UK and internationally

Published on 06 February 2014

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by Lynne Featherstone MP


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Awa's Parents Have Decided Not To Let Their Daughter Undergo FGM/C In Burkina Faso
Awa's Parents Have Decided Not To Let Their Daughter Undergo FGM/C In Burkina Faso

To mark International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation the government has announced a range of measures to combat this harmful practice in the UK and internationally.

Read the press release

A New Consortium

The government has appointed a consortium of leading anti-FGM campaigners to deliver a global campaign to end FGM/C.

Those involved inclue:

The consortium will support the growing movement within Africa to end the harmful practice.

International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

We will not see an end to FGM in the UK unless the practice is eliminated worldwide. This will take a grassroots movement across Africa that can change attitudes and help communities see FGM for what it is: child abuse.

This campaign will unite activists across Africa with UK diaspora communities and charities, raising awareness of the pain and suffering FGM causes and showing that we can end the practice.

The consortium will work across Africa to bring about a transformation in attitudes towards FGM by:

  • working with diaspora communities within the UK to help them use their skills and resources to support efforts to end FGM in their countries of origin

  • bringing together key leaders and organisations across Africa as part of a global movement to end FGM

  • promoting increased political will and funding in affected countries to tackle FGM

  • supporting a network of grassroots activists across Africa to speak out for change and supporting communities who are already working to end the practice

  • strengthening and supporting national coalitions against FGM within 10 focal countries, providing them with expertise needed to bring about change

The team will be based in Nairobi and London and is led by Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, former Advocacy Director of Equality Now’s FGM programme, and former technical expert for the WHO. The programme will work closely with the United Nations Joint Programme, governments and civil society in focal countries.

10 Things You Need To Know About FGM/C

  1. Female genital mutilation or cutting is exactly what it sounds like. It involves cutting or other damage to female genitalia and is a practice which has been carried out for thousands of years. It is a deeply embedded social norm that is done because it always has been. It is considered essential for marriage and preparation for womanhood.

  2. Its most extreme form involves cutting out all the external genitalia and sewing up the girl’s vagina. This is carried out on 90% of girls in Somalia.

  3. FGM/C results in a lifetime of pain, difficulties urinating and menstruating, pain during sex, serious problems in childbirth, physical disability and psychological damage.

  4. More than 125 million girls and women have undergone FGM/C worldwide. The practice is widespread in Africa and parts of Asia.

  5. 30 million girls are at risk of being cut over the next decade, with 20,000 girls at risk in the UK every year.

  6. Africa is leading the way in ending FGM/C. More and more communities, leaders, and policy makers are driving a movement to end it.

  7. A UN General Assembly resolution led by the Africa Group called for a global ban on the practice in December 2012.

  8. The First Lady of Burkina Faso, Chantal Compaore, played a vital role in driving the UN resolution and has been dedicated to ending FGM/C in her country for over 20 years.

  9. The UK is working to reduce the practice by 30% in at least 10 countries in Africa in the next 5 years.

  10. Change is happening. UNICEF and UNFPA report that nearly 10,000 communities abandoned the practice as of 2013. Evidence suggests that FGM/C can end in a generation.

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For more information about this press release including contact details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/breaking-the-cycle-of-female-genital-mutilationcutting-fgmc



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Posted 2014-02-06 12:46:00