Female Genital Mutilation

Sharp increase in girls falling victim to FGM in Germany

There are a significant number of women in Germany who are at risk of undergoing FGM by their families, a women's rights group has warned. Terre des Femmes said there were currently more than 13,000 girls in the European country who will be forced into the procedure that involves the removal of...

Canadian doctors having to repair FGM victims

New reports suggest that doctors across Canada are having to repair injuries inflicted on young women and girls during female genital mutilation (FGM) procedures. Records from the province of Ontario show that healthcare professionals are struggling to find the best course of action for the victims...

London's airports on high alert for FGM victims

Police are worried that London's airports will be used to transport young girls to another country to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Officials will be looking in particular at flights to and from countries where the numbers of such procedures happening are the highest, with patrols...

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 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...

Georgian government bans 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...

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...