MAKE IT COMPULSORY TO TEACH ABOUT FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN SCHOOLS

MAKE IT COMPULSORY TO TEACH ABOUT FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN SCHOOLS

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Ashalina Arman started this petition to UK Government

Female Genital Mutilation (often referred to as FGM) is a destructive operation, during which the female genitals are partly or entirely removed or injured with the aim of inhibiting a woman’s sexual feelings. Most often the mutilation is performed before puberty, often on girls between the age of four and eight, but recently it is increasingly performed on babies who are only a couple of days, weeks or months old.

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. In 2021, estimates suggest that there are over 4 million girls around the world, who are at risk of undergoing FGM. It is a complete violation of girls’ and women’s human rights. Many people who practice FGM, use the excuse of religion, particularly, in Islam. However, there is no evidence of any Holy Book (of any religion) condoning, encouraging or justifying FGM. Not to mention, it has absolutely no medical benefits whatsoever. In the UK, FGM has been illegal since 1985 but is very much alive. People taking girls abroad from the UK to be cut may be facing up to 14 years of jailtime. However, there has so far only been a single prosecution. This is despite the fact that between April 2015 and March 2020 the Female Genital Mutilation Enhanced Dataset by NHS Digital identified 24,420 women and girls as having had FGM in the UK. A practice that is said to date to 2500 years ago, and originally carried out in certain parts of Africa, FGM is now a global threat to women, with cases being increasingly reported in the UK. Girls that undergo any form of FGM, are not given an anaesthetic, nor are they given any medication to heal. In fact, many of the girls having to undergo FGM, simply die from excessive bleeding or infections. For the ones that survive, however, issues such as urine infections, cysts, troubles having sex, excessive bleeding, lack of sex drive and phycological trauma are bound to occur.

Since 2019, FGM was made a requirement to teach to older students in secondary schools, however Primary schools were given an option of whether they wanted to teach children about this topic or not. Despite the awareness being raised to students in secondary schools, most girls at risk of being cut are around the age of 10. Therefore, it is necessary that awareness is raised to children all across the country in primary schools as well as secondary. This can be done in a child-friendly manner, however. Via story-telling picture books, events to raise money for charities related to FGM, correct support provided for those who need it, etc., there are many ways to encourage young girls at potential risk of FGM to speak out and not be ashamed of something that was out of their control. 

By signing this petition, you would be helping me in getting a step further to ensure that young children in the UK are provided with the support they need to speak out about FGM.

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