FGM in 11 languages – how the Home Office is tackling FGM overseas

FGM in 11 languages – how the Home Office is tackling FGM overseas

Posted on Dec 13, 2016

FGM in 11 languages – how the Home Office is tackling FGM overseas 



December 1st this year, the Home office updated their information on female genital mutilation (FGM). Among the updated information includes a “statement opposing FGM”, now available in 11 different languages, that can be taken abroad to explain the criminal status of FGM in the UK.


Statement Opposing Female Genital Mutilation

The Home Office first published the statement in 2012, but this is first time that it is available in Welsh, Turkish, Urdu, Farsi, French, Somali, Swahili, Arabic, Amharic and Tigrinya, as well as English.

The statement is an 8-page document that addresses the illegality of FGM in the UK. It is intended for families travelling overseas to countries where FGM is prevalent, in order for them to clarify that the practice is a serious criminal offence in the UK.

The document addresses the severity of FGM in frank, unambiguous terms: “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. Some girls die from blood loss or infection as a direct result of the procedure. Some women who have undergone FGM are also likely to find it difficult to give birth and many also suffer from long-term psychological trauma.”

The statement advises young people who may be at risk of FGM that: “You should take this statement with you when you go abroad. You can show it to your family. This makes it clear that FGM is a serious criminal offence in the UK… Your parents, or whoever is caring for you, may also be guilty of an offence if they fail to protect you from FGM being carried out.”

View the statements here.


FGM protection orders: factsheet

As part of the update, the Home Office published a new FGM protection orders factsheet. FGM protection orders (FGMPOs) provide a legal means to protect and safeguard victims of FGM.

FGMPOs are granted by a court to protect a victim or potential victim from FGM. So, for example, a FGMPO might confiscate a passport in order to prevent a person at risk from being taken abroad for the purpose of FGM.

The factsheet gives detailed information on these orders and outlines what they are, who can apply for an order, where you can apply, cost and the process.

View the factsheet here.


“FGM can be wiped out in a generation”

Britain’s interior minister Amber Rudd recently said that FGM can be wiped out in a generation, providing that organisations, governments and grassroots projects pull together.

Rudd says she is determined to see Britain’s first successful prosecution for FGM. The practice was made illegal in 1985, and since then only one FGM prosecution has been brought to trial; the defendants were cleared.


FGM in the UK

You may believe that FGM is not an issue in the UK, but a 2014 study estimated that almost 200,000 women and girls in England and Wales had undergone FGM or were at risk.

The recent publication of the statement opposing FGM in 11 languages breaks down another barrier to preventing the practice in this country and worldwide.


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