Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a practice that includes the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. There are no medical reasons to perform FGM and no health benefits. FGM can include severe short and long term complications which include: severe pain, infections, infertility, childbirth complications and new-born deaths as well as psychological trauma.
Reasons why people perform FGM can fall into many categories. Many young girls are emotionally pressured into having FGM done by their family members, in order to prevent them from dishonouring the family. Female Genital Mutilation has been illegal in the UK since 1985 and with the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 it also became illegal to arrange for a child to be taken abroad for FGM.
Did you know that…
- 63,000 girls aged 0-13 in England and Wales are at risk of FGM.
- 170,000 women aged 15 and over in England and Wales are living with FGM.
- More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated.
- Over 1,700 victims of FGM in the UK were referred to specialist clinics in the last two years.
- The most affected communities in the UK include Kenyan, Somali, Sudanese, Sierra Leonean, Egyptian, Nigerian and Eritrean. Non-African communities that practice FGM include Yemeni, Afghani, Kurdish and Indonesian.
At JAN Trust we provide workshops, raise awareness and support victims of FGM.
Our campaign consists of workshops in schools, colleges, statutory agencies and community groups. In schools, the priority is to help both students and teachers detect cases of FGM, and know how to support victims.
Our workshops for schools are delivered in a sensitive and age appropriate way by experienced JAN Trust facilitators. The school service we deliver is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each school and target audience.
We provide training for practitioners including health professionals, social workers and the police in order to raise awareness about the practice, the law surrounding FGM as well as options and help available for victims.
In the last 4 years, we have delivered over 300 school sessions. We have worked with over 23,000 young people and practitioners across the UK and have worked in over 29 boroughs.
‘We are now aware of FGM which is a worldwide concern and it should be taught in all schools’
‘This session was helpful and informative – now we know the risks. Thanks’
‘Excellent workshop– amazing’
‘This is an extremely important issue that was conducted and presented fantastically and in a brilliant manner’
For more information or to book our FGM training please email: firstname.lastname@example.org