According to the Home Office, up to 24,000 girls in the UK under the age of 15 are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The government has launched new guidelines to support front-line professionals such as teachers, health professional, police officers and social workers to prevent and tackle FGM.
Members of SI Lancaster support Cath Holland’s “Saving our Sisters” campaign by making bracelets for young girls in Africa that are used in “Alternative Rite of Passage” celebrations which have been developed as alternatives to traditional ceremonies involving female genital mutilation.
We have organised several fund-raising events to raise money to build a Safe House for girls who need to leave their homes to avoid undergoing FGM.
- World Health Organisation on FGM
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office webpage on Female genital mutilation
- Female genital mutilation leaflet produced by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD)
- Stop FGM Now campaign
- Cath Holland’s Beyond FGM – The midwife on a mission to stop female genital mutilation