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Female Genital Mutilation

Question for Home Office

UIN 71889, tabled on 25 April 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to prevent female genital mutilation.

Answered on

27 April 2017

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a crime and is child abuse that requires domestic and international action. Recent work to prevent it includes:

  • Changes to the law via the Serious Crime Act 2015, including extended extra-territorial jurisdiction over FGM offences committed overseas, a new failure to protect offence, and the creation of a mandatory reporting duty for known cases in under 18s;
  • the introduction of FGM Protection Orders in July 2015 – the most recent figures show 94 orders have been made;
  • the launch of the Home Office’s FGM Unit which carries out awareness raising and outreach work with professionals and communities; and
  • the Department for International Development’s £35m programme to support the Africa-led movement to end FGM overseas.

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