Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and is illegal in many countries.
If you’re concerned that someone may be at risk, contact:
- There is an estimated 137,000 women and girls with FGM in England and Wales (2015)
- FGM is usually performed by someone with no medical training.
- Girls are given no anaesthetic, no antiseptic treatment and are often forcibly restrained
- Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
- The Female Genital Mutilation Act was introduced in 2003 and came into effect in March 2004.