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FGM

Do you suspect someone practising FGM?

Call us for confidential advice – nothing you disclose will ever be passed on to your family. 

FGM is not a taboo 

FGM destroys the childhoods of girls and women. We need to end FGM so girls can live in dignity, free from violence, and realize their full potential. 

FGM is child abuse 

FGM is still a hidden crime, it is illegal to practice because it is a violation of human rights. 

FGM is dangerous to the health of women & girls, and can have long-term health consequences (click here to find more information) 

 FGM is illegal in many countries, including the UK, but because the laws are not always enforced, and many people in rural communities are unaware of them, the practice still goes on.  

Violence against women and girls ends here. 

You don’t need to suffer alone; we are always here to support and help you. 

Forms of violence against women and girls 

There are 1.1 billion young girls worldwide, many of whom face challenges and violence. 

These can take many forms such as: 

  • Child marriage 
  • Child poverty 
  • Child labour 
  • Domestic abuse 
  • Adolescent pregnancies 
  • Trafficking 
  • Rape 
  • Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) 

Violence against girls and women has its roots in gender inequality and discrimination – and negative norms or practices that result from these. These unnatural experiences are a violation of their human rights, it removes their childhood innocence, and in the worst cases, causes immense pain and sometimes death. Violence against girls crosses culture, ethnicity, and economic status. 

We know that violence does not begin with a conflict or an emergency, but any existing levels of violence against women and girls do increase during these times. 

UNICEF estimates that an adolescent girl dies every 10 minutes as a direct result of violence. 

1-      To send a powerful message that communities should protect children from people who conduct this horrific practice, as it is child abuse, and will not be tolerated in the UK 

2-     To empower girls to know their rights, break the silence and speak up, and work to reduce the circumstances that can lead to female genital mutilation 

3-     To collaborate with communities and faith leaders to protect girls from FGM 

4-     To help to end FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and to end violence against women globally 

5-     To end violence and fight poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want 

6-     To work with politicians to take a stand to help eradicate the horrific crime of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 

  • Our campaign aims to Educate, Empower and Enable. 
  • Our duty is to empower vulnerable girls to break the silence and SAY NO to mothers, aunts, grandmother, say no to men and elders. 
  • To educate girls, women, boys, politicians, religious leaders and perpetrators that it is a global issue. 
  • We will train our women to form Women’s Watch Groups to report cases of FGM or any other violence against women and girls. 

Get help 

If you feel you may be at risk of or have experienced it, FGM, Refuge is here to support you. We provide specialist support to survivors of FGM and outreach services. 

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm dial 999 immediately 

If you are abroad and require help or advice, or you are worried about someone being taken abroad, call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at +44 (0) 20 7008 1500 

If you need to access support or need a safe place to stay, call the Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 

If you believe a child is at risk, please contact your local Children’s Social Care service or the police 

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111 or use a non-traceable form at www.crimstoppers-uk.org 

To report an FGM crime anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 

If you need information or support: NSPCC FGM helpline 0800 028 3550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk; Forward +44 (0)20 8960 4000 

If you have experienced FGM and require medical attention speak to your GP or local NHS specialist FGM clinic directly 

You can find the contact details for the NHS specialist clinics here 

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 STN caters to beneficiaries who live in London. We have a core professional team of enthusiastic, multi-skilled volunteers. STN’s volunteers also contribute to our interpretation service as many are bi-lingual speaking different community languages including Arabic, Turkish, French, North African languages. And as mentors they often assist our beneficiaries with developing their English language, using computers and social media platforms, or study.We offer our volunteers opportunities to shadow our trained staff; learn new skills, attend free various skills training in-house/online training and gain authenticated certificates and may more.  We also provide professional work reference to all our volunteers who complete the volunteering programme successfully. 

 

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