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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

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6th February 2017 is FGM Zero Tolerance Day. Make sure you are aware of the facts and your responsibilities.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and violates the rights to health, security and physical integrity of the person and to be free from torture, cruel and degrading treatment. Professionals have a duty to safeguard everyone, including women and girls, which means tackling FGM is an integral part of their role. Effective action must be taken to do so. FGM is sometimes known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘female genital cutting’.
FGM is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for FGM or to help someone trying to do this. Mandatory reporting of FGM has been in place since October 2015. The facts:

  • Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.
  • Girls 14 and younger represent 44 million of those who have been cut.
  • Countries with the highest prevalence among girls and women aged 15 to 49 are Somalia 98 per cent, Guinea 97 per cent and Djibouti 93 per cent.
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15.
  • FGM cause severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth increased risk of newborn deaths.

FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
Call the Police on 101 if you have information about FGM or believe a child may be at risk.

Click here for the NSPCC FGM website.
Or email: fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk Telephone: 0800 028 3550 .
Take a look at the Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Protocol for more information.

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