What is FGM?

FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation in which a procedure occurs that involves the female genitals, changed or injured due to no medical reasoning. Here are 10 facts about FGM:

  • FGM is often carried out on young girls usually before the start of puberty.
  • It is classed as child abuse
  • FGM is illegal to be carried out in the UK
  • It can cause women substantial amounts of pain and can cause long term health problems in women.
  • FGM is most commonly performed by traditional circumcisers who have obtained no medical training, however in some countries it may be done by a medical professional.
  • FGM is also commonly carried out without the young girls consent and sometimes have to be restrained.
  • It is also carried out for mostly traditional beliefs and cultural and religious reasons.
  • There are 4 types of FGM: Clitoridectomy, Excision, Infibulation, Other harmful procedures.
  • Symptoms from FGM can include but not exclusive to depression, incontinence and bleeding.
  • FGM is most commonly carried out on girls who are between the ages of infancy and 15.

If you know someone who has experienced FGM or may be at risk of FGM then contact: fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk. or National FGM Support Clinic in Birmingham swbh.summerfieldfgm@nhs.net

If you would like more information on FGM and the work we do that involves combating Female Genital Mutilation contact Parminder Dhani on 0121 541 1775 or email parminder.dhani@rightsandequalitysandwell.co.uk