FGM is a secretive practice as it is illegal in many countries, including the UK. It is a cultural rather than a religious practice and there are variations in the types of practice. It is a grave human rights violation with serious health consequences.
In Bristol we are proud of the work local organisations have done to combat Female Genital Mutilation, including the fantastic Refugee Women of Bristol and Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development (FORWARD). These groups are hosting the annual International Zero Tolerance for FGM Conference titled Bridging the Gap on Wednesday 28th February. The conference celebrates the multiagency approach, which is recognised as a “beacon of excellence” in the movement against FGM.
We have also contributed to the Bristol guide for Educational professionals to prevent and respond to Female Genital Mutilation – other resources for tackling FGM can be found at our website and at the Bristol Against Violence and Abuse (BAVA) website.