Launch of End FGM Animations: Men’s Voices

Globally, 200 Million girls and women alive today are living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which is practiced in some 31 countries. 

In this year, 2021, estimates suggest that there are over 4 Million girls around the world, who are at risk of undergoing FGM. Countries where female genital mutilation is prevalent are experiencing high population growth, with at least 30% of girls undergoing female genital mutilation under the age of 15. This is compounded by the increasing medicalisation of the procedure resulting in 52 Million women and girls worldwide who have had FGM performed by health professionals.

In our own UK, in our own backyard, 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.

On this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM , which falls on Saturday 6 February, there will be many activities and events by activists and campaigners in the week leading up to 06 February 2021.

The Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Dahlia Project, Community Practitioners & Health Visitors Association and FORWARD will be launching the second series of its award-winning “End FGM Animations” as part of its collaborative activities to mark International Zero Tolerance to FGM Day. These Animations are aimed specifically at men in FGM practising communities. As in the previous award-winning animations, which adopted a non-didactic approach, the films are scripted from recordings of the personal reflections of men and their views about FGM and finding a way forward to abandon the practice.

The launch will be accompanied by a panel discussion consisting mainly of men from FGM practicing communities in UK and international speakers who will be sharing their own efforts to end FGM.