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 at medical appointments in England between April 2015 and March 2016 in which FGM was identified or a procedure to treat FGM was undertaken. This represented an average of 23.7 attendances per day, or one attendance every 60.7 minutes.

Among the total attendances, a case of FGM is newly recorded every 92 minutes on average. This means a woman or girl has their case of FGM recorded by the NHS for the first time.
Tanya Barron, Plan International UK’s chief executive, commented: “Across the UK and around the world, there’s more awareness than ever of the dangers of this practice, and momentum continues to build as we strive to end it once and for all.

“A recent Plan International project in Mali saw a ten per cent reduction in the prevalence of the practice in the areas we worked in, with four villages banning the practice entirely. So we can end FGM, but it will require a globally co-ordinated effort spanning from the village halls of Mali and Sierra Leone to the classrooms of the United Kingdom.”

Plan International works across the globe to campaign against FGM as part of its ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. The charity uses a range of approaches to combat the practice, including using football and engaging with the media.

The charity is campaigning for the introduction of mandatory sex and relationships education in UK schools, and to ensure that teachers are trained and equipped to identify harmful practices such as FGM.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801832071-ADNFCR