Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

6th Feb is UN International Day to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). 

FGM includes procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Such procedures are harmful to health and are mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15. FGM has been illegal in Scotland since 1989.

Some of the 200 million girls and women alive today who have been cut in countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated, now live in Scotland. These women may disclose FGM to NHS staff, particularly within maternity services.

FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women and actions to strengthen NHSGGC’s response to FGM includes routine enquiry in key services, medical interventions to reduce the health impact and engagement with communities to improve the protection of girls. 

Further information:

NHSGGC Care Pathway for FGM

Health Risks of FGB - World Health Organisation

Training Event - Glasgow, 7th Feb - Saheliya & Community InfoSource

FGM Aware - Information & Resources, including 'Sara's Story' short film.

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