Female Genital Mutilation

Prime minister intervenes to stop potential FGM deportation

Prime minister Theresa May has prevented the deportation of a woman, after she claimed her daughter would face female genital mutilation (FGM) if they returned to Nigeria. Ms May intervened after the woman's local MP, Hannah Bardell of the Scottish National Party, highlighted the case in the...

More than 5,000 new cases of FGM between 2016 and 2017

There were 5,391 newly recorded cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) reported in England from April 2016 to March 2017, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The FGM statistics, which have been published by NHS Digital, also revealed that there were a total of 9,179 in the...

More than 2,000 cases of FGM reported in UK in first quarter of 2017

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has reported that it saw 2,102 instances of female genital mutilation (FGM) between January and March 2017. According to the NHS, 1,236 women and girls had their FGM information collected in the Enhanced Dataset for the first time. The FGM Enhanced...

London mayor urged to fight FGM in capital

London's mayor Sadiq Khan is being called on to lead a campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM). The London assembly has urged the mayor to help put an end to "the hidden crime" of FGM in the city. In its report, the assembly said that an estimated 170,000 girls and women...

Teachers concerned with reporting FGM cases

A third of teachers in the UK have said that they are worried about reporting female genital mutilation (FGM) or child abuse related to faith, according to a recent survey. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has released its recent poll findings revealing that many teachers are...

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...

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...

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...

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...