'Zero Tolerance Day' for female genital mutilation

By GEM Staff Reporter in Crime

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Zero Tolerance Day took place on February 6 and trade union UNISON Cymru/Wales, called for more to be done to stop the illegal practice.

A spokesperson said that as recently as 2014, the Wales FGM Forum reported that more than 600 women are living with full or partially-removed genitals in Wales.

Jennifer Griffin, UNISON Cymru/Wales organiser for Women’s rights, said: “This is another abuse and human rights violation to girls. It is time to stand together and change the actions of others that affect girls and women’s lives globally, on a daily basis.

“Back street surgeries and home mutilations are still going on throughout the world. The more awareness we can raise, the more victims or potential victims will come forward to help stop this ritual abuse.

“FGM is now a serious crime which results in a jail sentence but we need to do more to support the victims to report this atrocious act and help them to feel safe when reporting this abuse.

“We need to create more cultural and religious awareness for children and young girls that the ritual is barbaric, they do not have to go through this and that they can be protected.”

The trade union commended the development of an NHS all-Wales clinical pathway for use with all women with FGM.

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