Call for more FGM prosecution and education in the UK

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David Cameron has backed a campaign of awareness and prevention about female genital mutilation before 'cutting season' starts in the UK.

Over 100,000 sign petition to Michael Gove over FGM education in British schools - British student Fahma Mohamed - women's rights - female genital mutilation campaign - women's news - handbag.com

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Prime Minister David Cameron is unveiling new measures, aiming to help bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK.

Cameron will say at a global summit in London, hosted by the government and Unicef, that parents will face prosecution if their daughters are cut, and will implement a £1.4m prevention programme.

The issue is being raised before 'cutting season' starts over the summer holidays - a time when thousands of girls are mutilated so that they heal before the start of the school term.

The violently misogynistic practice can involve the cutting away of the clitoris, labia and sewing up of the vagina as a way of controlling female sexuality.

Around 24,000 British girls are thought to be at risk of the horrific travesty every year, according to Government figures.

The NHS explains the act is usually carried out without anaesthetics and antiseptic by people with no medical training, and does long-term damage, interfering with menstruation, passing urine, childbirth, untold psychological damage, and most will never enjoy sex as a result.

A petition started by Fahma Mohamed (pictured) back in February called on the then Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, to put more pressure on schools to educate pupils about the practice. 234,375 people signed the petition, causing Gove to write to all primary and secondary headteachers about FGM.

As the campaign explains, "People just don't talk about it, doctors don't check for it and teachers don't teach it."

"[Girls] face the risk of infertility, pain during urination, menstruation, childbirth and sexual intercourse. The pain doesn't go. It's a traumatic experience they have to live with every single day, physically and emotionally," it adds.

Many will have to undergo further surgeries as an adult, and a campaign video by The Guardian who is behind the campaign reveals that over 3,000 women have been treated in UK hospitals since 2011.



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