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Female Genital Mutilation

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN HL4570, tabled on 29 January 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 January (HL3454) about female genital mutilation, whether the declaration signed by faith leaders covered the whole of the United Kingdom or just England and Wales.

Answered on

20 February 2015

DCLG worked with activists to draw up a Faith Leaders Declaration against Female Genital Mutilation. This short Statement makes it clear that Female Genital Mutilation is not condoned by any faith and establishes a commitment to work together to end it.

Over 300 people including representatives from every major faith have signed the declaration. Faith leaders from any part of the United Kingdom will be very welcome to sign the declaration, and can do so by making contact with DCLG.