On Monday, January 11th 2016, Sarah Champion MP challenged the government on its record on preventing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK. In a question to Home Secretary Theresa May, Sarah said:

It is believed there are 170,000 women and girls in the UK who have endured Female Genital Mutilation. It is right the government has brought in legislation and funds Africa projects and trains Education and the NHS staff.

However, without significant UK grass-root intervention to change cultural norms, we will never prevent this horrific child abuse being committed. When will the Minister change her approach and invest in helping the community prevent FGM, rather than failing to prosecute once the crime has been committed?

To read more about FGM and Sarah's question: FGM question release 11.1.2016


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