Female Genital Mutilation

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the practice of female genital mutilation in the UK.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is an unacceptable form of abuse and violence against girls and women, and this Government are absolutely committed to preventing and tackling FGM.

The Ministers for Women and Equalities attend the Home Office Inter-Ministerial Group on Violence Against Women and Girls and are committed to supporting the Governments Action Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls. The Government Equalities Office (GEO) was represented at the Home Office Ministerial Roundtable on FGM on 18 July, hosted by Jeremy Browne, Minister for Crime Prevention. GEO also attends quarterly cross-government policy officials meetings on FGM.

I held a roundtable meeting on International Women's Day 2013 with members of the women's sector to discuss violence against women and girls, including FGM.

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