Female Genital Mutilation

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which organisations applied for funding from her Department for community projects to tackle female genital mutilation since 2016; and which applications were (a) accepted and (b) rejected.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a crime and it is child abuse. The Government is clear that we will not tolerate a practice that can cause extreme and lifelong suffering to women and girls.

Through its £17 million Violence Against Women and Girls Transformation Fund the Home Office is providing funding for a number of projects working to tackle FGM, which include projects led by Havant Borough Council, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner. In addition the Government has provided funding to Southall Black Sisters and the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Organisation through the Tampon Tax Fund, both of which carry out work to tackle FGM.

The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) Programme has provided funding for a number of community organisations working to change attitudes to tackle FGM and promote wider shared values. A full list of BSBT partners can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/661395/BSBT-list-of-groups.pdf.

In addition, the Department for Education has provided £2 million through the social care innovation programme for the National FGM Centre run by Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association, and last year announced a further £1.7 million to be made available to continue the development of this work.

We do not routinely release information about unsuccessful applicants due to commercial sensitivity.

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