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Female Genital Mutilation

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Conservative, Hexham

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to tackle cases of female genital mutilation.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is an unacceptable form of abuse and violence against girls and women that the Government is committed to eradicating.

In February 2011, the Home Office launched multi-agency practice guidelines for front-line professionals such as teachers, GPs and nurses. The guidelines aim to raise awareness of FGM, highlight the signs of risk that practitioners should look out for and sets out clearly the steps that should be taken to safeguard girls and women from this abuse. In October 2011 we also launched the FGM Fund, a £50,000 fund for front-line organisations who work to prevent FGM to further support their commendable work in strengthening the voice of women to speak about FGM and work to abandon the practice.

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