On Tuesday 7th June 2016 the Health and Social Care Information Centre released new data highlighting that over 1,200 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) have been recorded in England between January 2016 to March 2016.
The data also showed that 29 of the new recorded cases (2%) were girls under the age of 18. Responding to the figures, Sarah Carson, Women’s Rights Campaign Manager at ActionAid UK said:
“These figures highlight the urgent need to strengthen global efforts in the fight against female genital mutilation and stand up against this horrific violation of human rights.
“FGM is illegal in most countries around the world yet is still widely practiced. Globally, it is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women have been subjected to this excruciatingly painful practice which can have devastating physical and psychological consequences for the rest of their lives.
“ActionAid works directly with communities to educate them about the damaging impact of FGM and to empower women and men to challenge the practice.
“Every day around the world local women’s rights organisations are standing up against this violence, tirelessly fighting for the rights of girls and providing support to those who are at risk of FGM. Yet many of these organisations are chronically underfunded and in danger of closing. ActionAid is calling on the UK government to fund the life changing work of women’s rights organisations, so that no girl has to live in fear of FGM or any form of violence.”
For more information please contact Cora Bauer on (0)203 122 0767 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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