Female Genital Mutilation Happening Here In The UK 23 Jul 13

Commenting on the publication of a UNICEF report ‘Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C): A statistical overview and exploration of the dynamics of change’ today, Janet Fyle professional policy advisor at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “This is an important report on female genital mutilation (FGM) prevalence and one that shows progress is being made in some countries. However, there is much more still to be done to end this terrible violence against girls globally.


“This is not an issue that happens just in far away countries covered in the report. It is also happening here in the UK, on our doorsteps, in our neighbourhoods. FGM is child abuse and we want midwives, health and social care professionals and other frontline staff to be vigilant, and take action if they are concerned about a young girl at risk of FGM.”


The RCM is working with a number of health and social care organisations and professionals, including the police, to develop multi-professional recommendations on actions to protect girls at risk of FGM. 


The full report can be viewed at http://www.unicef.org/media/files/FGCM_Lo_res.pdf

The Royal College of Midwives
 is the voice of midwifery. We are the UK’s only trade union and professional organisation led by midwives for midwives. The vast majority of the midwifery profession are our members. The RCM promotes midwifery, quality maternity services and professional standards. We support and represent our members individually and collectively in all four UK countries.  We influence on behalf of our members and for the interests of the women and families for which they care.