Female Genital Mutilation

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...

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...

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...

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 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...