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RCM launches powerful animations to help end FGM

13 September, 2017

RCM launches powerful animations to help end FGM

The RCM launched a series of hard-hitting animated films on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) yesterday (12 September) at the House of Commons.

These powerful films show the reality of FGM through the medium of art, and give a much-needed voice to FGM survivors. They clearly illustrate the serious and life-long mental and physical implications of FGM for those who have to experience it.

As well as raising awareness, the films aim to cut through inaccurate and misleading information about FGM. 

The films were developed by the RCM in collaboration with the RCOG, RCGP, NGOs, a variety local community partners, and vitally – survivors of FGM.

The launch event was hosted jointly by MPs Jess Phillips and Zac Goldsmith who are co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on FGM.

Welcoming attendees, Zac promised: ‘We’ll be a really active APPG and keep this issue high on the political agenda.’

He called the figures on FGM, such as more than 200 million girls and women alive today having undergone FGM  ‘staggering’.

MP Jackie Doyle-Price, parliamentary under secretary of state for care and mental health, said: ‘We need to do everything we can to care for victims [of FGM] and prevent it happening to future generations.’ 

Sexual health nurse and FGM survivor Hoda Ali gave her personal harrowing account of being ‘cut when I was seven-years-old’ and the lasting impact it’s had on her. 

Hoda’s childhood was spent in hospitals because her period accumulated inside of her. She wasn’t able to have children, and she’s now been diagnosed with the menopause. Hoda is 39. 

Each of the animated FGM films end with a ‘call to act’ for each UK government. The calls to action includes a commitment by all government agencies to end FGM, support survivors and share information to keep women and girls safe.

The animated films will additionally soon be available in four other languages – Arabic, French, Somali and Swahili.
  
The FGM films can now be viewed on YouTube and shared on social media using #EndFGM to help get the message out there.

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