Do you suspect someone practising FGM?
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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
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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