Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is female circumcision. It is a cultural ritual in some countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In the UK some communities that originate from those countries practice these type of genital cutting, which can be partial or full removal of the female genitals.
The World Health Organisation estimate more than 200 million females worldwide have suffered this mutilation.This is for non medical reasons and can cause severe bleeding, infection, problems urinating, in childbirth and death.
The procedure is carried out between infancy and 15 years of age.
There are an estimated 137000 females affected by this in the UK
Since July 2015 FGM Protection Orders have been issued 79 times to ensure the safety of girls at imminent risk of the procedure.