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FGM follow-up report

16 March, 2015

FGM follow-up report

The Home Affairs Committee has published its report Female genital mutilation: follow-up, which identifies the lack of FGM prosecutions.

While the report acknowledges the successful work by the media, politicians, survivors and campaigners of raising the profile of FGM, it says there still seems to be ‘a chasm between the amount of reported cases and the lack of prosecutions’.

A recommendation made in the report is for the government to amend the FGM Act 2003, in order to make it clear that female genital cosmetic surgery would be a criminal offence.

RCM professional policy advisor Janet Fyle said: ‘The RCM is pleased to see that among the key recommendations on safeguarding girls at risk, the committee is calling for amendment to the law on FGM to avoid legal ambiguity on female genital cosmetic surgery.

‘We have welcomed the step changes in policy and legislation aimed at protecting girls at risk of FGM and ensuring that those who allow FGM are punished. We will continue to work with our members, partners, survivors and the government to raise awareness of the issues around FGM, and to encourage proper process in the reporting of FGM.’

Read the report here

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