Police help raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation

The Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird
The Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Northumbria Police will be working with the Education Minister’s efforts to raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Female Genital Mutilation has been tagged by the World Health Organisation as the removal of female genitalia organs for non-medical use. It is reported that most of these procedures are carried out without any anaesthesia and is ‘cut’ with a help of knife. More than half the communities that practise this procedure carry it out on girls younger than five years old.

The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove will get schools to talk about FGM before this year’s summer holidays – known as the “cutting season” – in an attempt to raise awareness on this harmful practise affecting millions of women and girls worldwide.

It is estimated that thousands of young girls in the UK could be at risk.

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “Raising awareness of the illegality of FGM across all our communities is a priority of the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy I launched with my fellow North East Commissioners last December.”

A petition started by Bristol student Fahma Mohamed to end FGM received 250,000 signatures compelling action to be taken by the Government.

Commissioner Baird said: “There is no place for this barbaric practice, which causes such pain and suffering, in any community or society and I’m delighted the Education Minister has listened to Fahma’s petition. This terrible abuse must be brought to an end.”

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