Female Genital Mutilation

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...

Pan African Parliament signs action plan

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...

Summer a high-risk time for FGM, UK campaigners warn

A conference in Stevenage, England, has marked the start of a national week of action aimed at highlighting awareness of the risks and issues that come with the illegal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The event gave a platform to anti-FGM campaigner Aneeta Prem, who founded the Freedom...

Anti-FGM campaigners critical of Egypt

Egypt is losing its fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), campaigners have warned. It comes following the death of a teenage girl who underwent the procedure, Mayar Mohamed Mousa. Reports suggest the 17-year-old died of heavy bleeding in a hospital in Suez province on Sunday while under...

Over 500,000 US women at risk of FGM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US is reportedly concerned that over 500,000 women across the country could be at risk of being subjected to the controversial practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The practice, which is traditionally performed in the Middle East and Africa,...

UK government publishes new FGM guidelines

The UK government has published new guidelines designed to better educate medical professionals about the signs and effects of female genital mutilation (FGM). Overall, the main aim of the guidance is to help prevent more women and girls from being affected by the cultural practice, alongside...

Doctors comment on best practice for reporting FGM

Reporting all cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) as child abuse may not be the best way to tackle the problem, it has been suggested. Writing in PLOS Medicine, doctors from the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in the UK recommended that a multifaceted approach to FGM reporting is likely...

Somali PM backs anti-FGM campaign

Somali prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has announced his backing for a campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country. According to statistics from Unicef, around 90 per cent of young girls in Somalia are forced to undergo FGM, which can have devastating consequences...

International Women's Day to raise awareness of FGM

International Women's Day (IWD) is taking place around the world today (Tuesday March 8th), with one of the aims of the global event being to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM). The debilitating procedure is still taking place on a widespread basis around the world, placing...