Feb 07

Fears of being branded ‘racist’ make public services ignore Female Genital Mutilation:

During a recent conference in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on the topic of female genital mutilation (FGM), experts dealing with the issue in Europe revealed some alarming facts and trends. Not only is the number of girls falling victim to the cultural tradition increasing, but they are getting younger as well. To make matters worse, many professionals working in health and social services in European countries do not report cases of sexual disfigurement fearing that, if they were to do so, they might be singled out as ‘racists’. Continue reading »

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Jul 22

England had 5,700 recorded cases of FGM in 2015-16, figures show:

Royal College of Nursing says there is still a lot of work to do to end practice following publication of first annual FGM statistics

There were 5,700 new cases of female genital mutilation recorded in England in 2015-16, the first annual statistics show.

The figures, published on Thursday by the Health and Social Care Information Centre and covering the period of April 2015 to March 2016, show that in 18 cases the practice had been undertaken in the UK.

The age group for which FGM was most common was five- to nine-year-olds, accounting for 43% of the total number of cases where the age at the time of being cut was known. Continue reading »

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