Get FGM into the Children's Act

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WHAT IS FGM? Female genital mutilation is the alteration or removal of a girl’s external genitalia, meaning the Labia and the clitoris for non-medical reasons. 

This extreme form of violence against women can cause infertility, difficulties urinating, menstruating and giving birth. It can also kill.

People think FGM isn’t a British problem but it is. It’s a very British problem.

In England and Wales alone 137,000 women and girls have been reportedly affected by FGM. We have no research on how many girls are at risk. Despite FGM being illegal in the UK, there have been no successful convictions.

In 2019 The Pink Protest joined forces with anti-FGM activist Nimco Ali to push this bill through parliament and get FGM included in the Children’s Act.

The Children Act 2004 provides the legal basis for how social services and other agencies deal with issues relating to children. As of 2019, FGM is not included in this legislation meaning there is no legal protection for a child who is at risk of undergoing this kind of violence.

In 2018, Baron Michael Berkeley introduced a bill into the House of Lords to have FGM included in the Children’s Act. The Bill completed its House of Lords stages on 19 November 2018 and was presented to the House of Commons on 20 November 2018.

On February 1st MP’s are voting on whether or not to amend the children’s act to include FGM. We need this bill to go through.

Ending FGM by 2030 is possible if we work together. Join us in this fanny-defending movement.

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