FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. The Scottish Government has been working in partnership with a range of public and third sector agencies to develop an National Action Plan to tackle FGM that is innovative, challenging and ambitious in scope. Scotland’s National Action Plan for FGM builds on the range of work already being taken forward by the Scottish Government and its partners in both the statutory and third
sectors, and at community level, to tackle this unacceptable practice.
Firstly it seeks to strengthen understanding of how communities in Scotland are affected by FGM and supports changes in attitudes, behaviours, practices and policy to ensure FGM is prevented and ultimately eradicated. Protecting children and women from FGM is part of the Scottish Government’s wider goal of creating a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from gender-based violence abuse and attitudes that perpetuate it. Secondly, it is to ensure access to the support and services needed by girls and women in Scotland who have been affected by FGM, also referred to as ‘survivors of FGM’. The Plan will be delivered through partnership working with potentially