Female Genital Mutilation

My experience with FGM

A tremendous number of girls in Africa are denied the chance to reach their full potential because of a very harmful practise: FGM/C.

Sweden introduces new 'code' to help girls at risk of FGM to raise alarm

Girls passing through the Swedish city of Gothenburg are being given advice on how to raise the alarm when they are at risk of being forced into marriage or subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). The city, which is the second-largest in Sweden, is adopting a concept developed by the British...

Clinic opened in Cardiff to support FGM victims

A new clinic has been opened in Cardiff, UK to support victims of FGM, making it the first of its kind in Wales. Located in Cardiff Royal Infirmary, the Women's Wellbeing Clinic will provide advice, care and counselling. Around 2,000 women in Wales are believed to be living with FGM and the...

FGM level drops in Egypt

The Egyptian government has revealed the level of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country has seen a significant fall in recent years. According to the country's health ministry, the teenage FGM rate fell from 74 per cent in 2008 to 61 per cent in 2014. The statistics were revealed on...

Liberia imposes year-long ban on FGM

Liberia has imposed a one-year ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). However, campaigners have called for a permanent law, saying the ban may not be enforceable. The new law - which came into force after former leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed an executive order before stepping down - will...

FGM not taken seriously by Northern Ireland politicians, says report

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not being taken seriously in Northern Ireland, according to a new report commissioned by the African and Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI). The report criticised the fact there is no departmental body responsible for the issue and that there...

Some 2,288 cases of FGM reported in last quarter in England

There were 2,288 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) reported at National Health Service (NHS) trusts in England between April and June, according to new figures. The NHS’ FGM Enhanced Dataset (FGMED) found that 1,178 of the women and girls who attended healthcare services where FGM was...

FGM revealed to be widespread in Kerala

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is still being carried out in several parts of Kerala in India, including Thiruvananthapuram, even though it is being labelled a criminal offence, it has been reported. According to Sahiyo - an organisation working to stop the practice - FGM is still being performed...

Kenyan girls to take anti-FGM app idea to Google HQ

Five girls from Kenya will fly to the Google HQ to showcase their idea for a mobile app that will help reduce the prevalence of FGM. The group have already met with the tech giant at its Nairobi offices but they will soon be flying to Google's Californian headquarters. As part of an...

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...