Female Genital Mutilation FGM

Female Genital Mutilation


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a collective term for all procedures which include “the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons”.


The practice is mostly carried out by traditional “Circumciser” who often plays other central roles in communities.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to arrange for a child to be taken abroad for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). If caught offenders face a large fine and a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

It causes long-term mental and physical suffering, difficulty in giving birth, infertility and even death. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is much more common than most people realise and has been illegal in the UK since the Female Circumcision Prohibition Act 1985.


Further advice / support:

Karma Nirvana – Aims to stop the scandal of forced marriage and honour-based violence.


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