UK 'still not doing enough' to address FGM

Authorities across the UK are not doing enough to give victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) the necessary medical and psychological support.

That is the verdict of Mary Wandia, FGM programme manager at Equality Now, an NGO that campaigns for women’s rights around the world.

Recent figures show that over 1,000 women have been seen by the NHS in a three-month period having suffered from FGM.

She said: “Our figures with City University London show that nearly 10,000 girls under 14 living in England or Wales are likely to have undergone FGM. Cases are likely to exist in every single local authority."

Ms Wandia added that providing the right support in terms of examinations and quick responses would help to ease the physical and psychological pain of FGM victims.

"It will also help ensure that we end this extreme violence once and for all," she added.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801801606-ADNFCR