Female Genital Mutilation
The most frequently cited reasons for carrying out FGM are social acceptance, religion, misconceptions about hygiene, a means of preserving a girl or woman’s virginity, making the woman “marriageable” and enhancing male sexual pleasure. No major world religions encourage the practice.
For more information on female genital mutilation, go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-47131052
For background information on FGM in the UK go to: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fgm-female-genital-mutilation-uk-girls-number-doubles-year-england-wales-a8660036.html
The National FGM Centre assists professionals in responding to cases of FGM and other harmful practices. http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk