Female Genital Mutilation

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 16 October 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) address, and (2) advocate against, the incidence of female genital mutilation being performed by healthcare workers in countries where it is nationally banned but historically performed.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a priority for the FCDO and we are clear that there is no medical justification for the practice.

The UK Government is investing £35 million through our Africa-Led Movement (ALM) to End FGM programme.

Data generation through the programme has helped to build awareness of increased rates of medicalised FGM. The UK has engaged healthcare workers, through the World Health Organisation, to prevent FGM and care for survivors.

We are strengthening the health system response through our support to the UN Joint Programme on FGM. In 2021, the programme developed advocacy guidelines for health care providers in Indonesia on ending medicalised FGM.

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