Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM is an illegal, extremely harmful practice and a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls, and therefore should be dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/ protection structures, policies and procedures.

The World Health Organization, defines female genital mutilation (FGM) as: "all procedures (not operations) which involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons" (WHO, 1996).
FGM has been a criminal offence in the UK since the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 was passed. The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 and more recently the Serious Crime Act 2015 have further extended this to protect children who may be taken abroad to undergo FGM and charge offenders. In Scotland FGM is illegal under the Prohibition of FGM (Scotland) Act 2005. For more detail, please refer to the government’s Multi-agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (issued April 2016).

To see the ‘Southwark Female Genital Mutilation Guidance Document for Safeguarding Children and Vunerable Adults’ report, please click here

Sacred Bodies

Sacred Bodies Project aims to reduce the risk of girls and young women undergoing Female Genital Mutilation.The project works within FGM practicing communities in South London; creating awareness and highlighting the physical, psychological, emotional effects of FGM on victims; the rights of children and the legal consequences of performing, aiding, abetting, counsel or procuring of FGM in the UK or abroad.

Sacred Bodies Project aims to reduce the risk of girls and young women undergoing Female Genital Mutilation. The project works within FGM practicing communities in South London; creating awareness and highlighting the physical, psychological, emotional effects of
FGM on victims; the rights of children and the legal consequences of performing, aiding,
abetting, counsel or procuring of FGM in the UK or abroad.

For more information please click here.

FGM Champions Training

Are you committed and passionate about ending Female Genital Mutilation?
We are currently recruiting and training young community champions to raise awareness educate and empower communities to eradicate female genital mutilation.

For more information click here.

To get involved please contact 0208 698 4473 or email shani@africadvocacy.org