UK Government: Enforce the UK law which forbids Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Petitioning Rt Hon Theresa May MP

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UK Government Home Secretary
Rt Hon Theresa May MP
UK Government Shadow Home Secretary
Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP

UK Government: Enforce the UK law which forbids Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

    1. Hilary Burrage
    2. Petition by

      Hilary Burrage

      Liverpool, United Kingdom

Some 24,000 or more girls and babies in the UK are at risk of FGM every year, but so far no full legal action has ever been taken against those who perform or procure this cruel abuse.

Damage from FGM - frequently performed without anaesthetic or any hygiene measures - is usually permanent, often serious, and can be fatal. FGM causes life-long damage to health and well-being, it may be associated with child marriage, and it often marks the end of effective schooling for the girl concerned.  Doing everything humanly possible to halt this grimly unimaginable child abuse is imperative, now.


Thank you.


To learn more about female genital mutilation please see ** STOP FGM ** and these articles about FGM.

#No To Female Genital Mutilation - NoFGM (UK) - A Crime Against Humanity

@NoFGM_UK   @NoFGMBookUK   @FGMStatement 

 You may also like to support our other e-petition, The Feminist Statement on the Naming and Abolition of FGM,

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Recent signatures


    1. ENFORCE UK LAW ON FGM: Over 7,000 and counting...

      Hilary Burrage
      Petition Organizer

      Dear all,

      THANK YOU for supporting this e-petition. We now have over 7.000 signatures.

      You'll also have seen the current work by the Guardian [] and doubtless have already signed the e-petition to demand education about FGM in schools (if not, do please consider doing so).

      A new development is that Keith Vaz MP and his Home Affairs Select Committee have been receiving evidence (including a submission from me... and maybe some of you; I'd be very interested to know?) about why the current FGM legislation is not having effect.

      Can I suggest therefore that this is an excellent time to continue the push to get support for our e-petition here? The media will be watching to see what happens next, and obviously we need to emphasise as much as possible how important it is to uphold UK law, and so save girls' futures and even lives.

      Thank you again, and very best

      End FGM | Society | The Guardian

      Holyrood's response at odds with Westminster as Michael Gove remains silent after more than 126,000 sign Guardian petition If you want education sinister Michael Gove to follow the example of Scotland's Michael Russell, and instruct head teachers to teach FGM in schools, sign the petition here

    2. Reached 7,000 signatures
    3. Thanks so much for your support everyone, let's keep up the pressure!

      Hilary Burrage
      Petition Organizer

      It does look as though things may at last be moving, with reports that prosecutions for FGM in the UK are on the way, so it's very important to continue to press our determination to see progress.

      PS Also, you may like to support the other e-petition we have on . .
      This is about the significance of the Statement on FGM which some of us have published ( ), and the international support it has secured.

      Thanks again

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. It's Zero Tolerance to #FGM Day! (6 Feb. 2013)

      Hilary Burrage
      Petition Organizer

      .. and we've reached over 400 signatures now, on the very Day!. I'm so very grateful to every one of you. Please do keep up the good work!

      If you're a UK resident or citizen you might also like to sign the -e-petition specifically for Brits: 'STOP #FGM in Britain' - we need to INSIST on real progress, and when better to do it than on Zero Tolerance to #FGM Day?

      Also, some people may be interested to read the #NoFGM Daily news: or to catch up on other info:

      Do get in touch if you'd like to >
      And, thanks so much again!

    6. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 5 days ago

      I am a student nurse and have been trained in was so shocking, something has to be done

      • 12 days ago

      Any violation of human rights is important to me.

      • 22 days ago

      No child should have to go through torture. It's abuse and it's damaging long term.

      • 29 days ago

      Human rights shockingly infringed.

    • Robert Clark FRANKFURT, GERMANY
      • 29 days ago

      It is incredibly important to enforce this law to send the message that FGM is a crime and an abuse against children, and that it serves as a deterrent to further such crimes against children. It seems incredible that government has failed to act on this problem.


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