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‘RCM congratulates FGM campaigner Janet Fyle on receiving MBE'

5 February, 2016

‘RCM congratulates FGM campaigner Janet Fyle on receiving MBE'

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Janet Fyle a Professional Policy Advisor at The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has been awarded an MBE for her services to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM).

Janet has worked tirelessly campaigning to eradicate the practice in the UK and also co –authored and the 2014 FGM report*.

The development of the Intercollegiate Recommendations for Identifying Recording and Reporting FGM, contributed significantly to how midwives and other healthcare professionals in the UK viewed Female Genital Mutilation – FGM.

Janet’s involvement in developing this report subsequently laid the foundations for the UK government's policy recommendations and action for Ending FGM in the UK and in other countries where FGM is practised.

Commenting RCMs Chief Executive Cathy Warwick says; “I warmly congratulate Janet on receiving such a prestigious honour. Janet’s commitment to the eradication of FGM is widely respected.”

“Women who have suffered and survived FGM are deeply grateful to Janet for her work. In the midwifery profession she is hugely respected for her courage in taking this very difficult issue forward and bringing it to the attention of those who may have been unaware that this heinous practice existed in the UK.

“An MBE is awarded to an individual for their outstanding commitment and achievement, Janet’s commitment and support to survivor’s of FGM is a shining example to others and the RCM is delighted that as a member of staff she has received this prestigious award.”

Expressing her thoughts having received her MBE at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace yesterday Janet Fyle MBE said; “I am greatly pleased with this honour, but it is also really important for me to acknowledge the work of my colleagues as there were many people behind the scenes who made all of this possible. In particular I wish to thank the Royal College of Midwives for sharing my vison and providing me with the support to carry out this work.”

“FGM is a crime that affects some of the most vulnerable girls and women in our society through my work with the RCM, police, health and social care professionals this has all been made possible.

Also with the introduction of mandatory reporting of FGM in 2015 we are now in a much better place to have a successful prosecution against those who perpetrate this heinous crime. I will continue to campaign and support survivors of FGM who are the real hero’s.”

Tomorrow also marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM and the RCM joins with the Department of Health in encouraging all allied health and social care professionals to mark this by joining in with an FGM Prevention Week from 8 – 12 February 2016. 

 

More information and resources can be found here:

http://www.un.org/en/events/femalegenitalmutilationday/

On social media use the hashtag #EndFGM

 

*Tackling FGM in the UK Intercollegiate recommendations for identifying, recording and reporting:

https://www.rcm.org.uk/sites/default/files/FGM_Report.pdf

 

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