Two local women in Birmingham have launched a campaign to help put an end to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Though FGM is illegal, is believed that there are around 170,000 victims of the procedure, with 66,000 girls living at risk every single year. Anam Ali and Deeqa Ahmed have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the practice and encourage people who think they know someone at risk of FGM to speak up and report their concerns.
You can watch Anam and Deeqa’s campaign video here: http://www.fixers.org.uk/index.php?module_instance_id=11312&core_alternate_io_handler=view_fixer_video&data_ref_id=9785&video_no=1
Shabana Mahmood MP spoke out against FGM:
“Female Genital Mutilation is an abhorrent practice which has been illegal in this country since 1985. The penalty if convicted is up to 14 years imprisonment. I would encourage all relevant health and education professionals in my constituency to undergo training in this area, as heightened awareness of the issue is the first step towards eradication.” The project is supported by the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) If you are concerned that a child is at risk or is a victim of FGM, contact the NSPCC FGM hotline on 0800 028 3550.