Cumbria LSCB 5 Minute Briefing - International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 6 February 2018

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lscb 5 min briefing

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February

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http://www.un.org/en/events/femalegenitalmutilationday/

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on February 6 as part of the UN's efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation.

Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a collective term for procedures, which include the removal of part or all of the external female genitalia for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons. The practice is medically unnecessary, extremely painful and has serious health consequences, both at the time when the mutilation is carried out and in later life. The procedure is typically performed on girls aged between 4 and 13, but in some cases it is performed on new-born infants or on young women before marriage or pregnancy.

It is frequently a very traumatic and violent act for the victim and can cause harm in many ways. The practice can cause severe pain and there may be immediate and/or long-term health consequences, including mental health problems, difficulties in childbirth, causing danger to the child and mother; and/or death.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is Child Abuse

If you are concerned and want more information on FGM please see Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board Procedures: http://cumbrialscb.proceduresonline.com/

Resources

The National FGM Centre’s Vision is to keep children and young people safe from FGM and other Harmful Practices, including our aim to end new cases of FGM by 2030. Through their work they aim to:

  • Prevent new cases
  • Protect children and young people
  • Support those affected by FGM and other Harmful Practices
  • Partner to deliver services and learn

http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/about-us/

For more information about FGM go the NSPCC website https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/female-genital-mutilation-fgm/