Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)


“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women” ~ Kofi Annan

Female Genital Mutilation

All procedures which involve the partial or total removal of the external genitalia or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation estimates that between 100-140 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation. Of these 91.5 million live in Africa and 66,000 thousands in the UK. Up to 3 million girls undergo some form of the procedure each year. Statistics from 2007 show that 20,000 girls in the UK are estimated to be at risk.

The West Midlands has 65,254 residents of African origin, including 9,699 Somali (Census returns from 2011). Between 01/04/2011 and 31/08/2013, West Midlands received only 65 referrals in relation to FGM. The country of origin was captured on 54 of them showing that 93% were related to families coming from Africa. 35% were from Somalia and 17% each from Gambia and Sudan.

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It is time to stand together, unite in opposition and act against it jointly.

How to help

Services we provide on FGM are:

  • Awareness Raising Workshops
  • Training for Professionals
  • One-to-one guidance and support to FGM victims