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Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is sometimes known as ‘cutting’ or female circumcision.

It is a practice that has no health benefits, causing severe physical and psychological trauma to victims, both in the short- and long-term.

Female Genital Mutilation is a culture-specific practice, not a religious requirement or obligation.

It can be carried out at different times, from soon after birth, throughout childhood and into adulthood, being associated with credibility, status and cultural identity of the family and community.

The practice is recognised internationally as a severe violation of the human rights of girls and women.

It is illegal to perform, assist or arrange female genital mutilation in Scotland or elsewhere in the UK. Moreover, FGM that takes place abroad is punishable under UK law, if a UK national or UK resident is involved in the organisation or preparation of the procedure.

It is thought that more than 200 million girls and women have experienced FGM in the 30 countries with the highest prevalence in Africa, the Middle East and Asia (according to UNICEF).

Estimations show that the UK has more than 137,000 girls and women living with the consequences of FGM and 60,000 girls under 15 at risk, whilst the real prevalence remains unknown, due to the hidden nature of the crime (Scottish Refugee Council).

Useful links

Key resources

Report Resource

Tackling Female Genital Mutilation: A Scottish Model of Intervention

Year: 2014 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Helen Baillot, Nina Murray, Elaine Connelly, Dr Natasha Howard
A study that looked at the populations potentially affected by Female Genital Mutilation in Scotland, explored interventions across the EU an…
Consultations Resource

Strengthening protection from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) A Scottish Government consultation

Year: 2018 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Scottish Government
Scottish Government consultation on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Policy Resource

The Serious Crime Act 2015 Chapter 9

Year: 2015 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: UK legislation
Chapter 9 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 relating to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Guidance Resource

Scotland's national action plan to prevent and eradicate FGM

Year: 2016 | Topic: Female Genital Mutilation | Author: Scottish Government
Scotland's national action plan to prevent and eradicate FGM.
 

Sara's Story

Sara's Story explains the motivations behind FGM, the impact on health and offers key suggestions for practitioners.

The film is based on real-life accounts by women survivors of FGM and is designed for use in training and public education work.

Produced in Scotland by media co-op for the Women’s Support Project with funding from the Scottish Government.

 
 

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