Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Campaign Resources and Information
The Home Office launched a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaign on 5 October 2018 to tackle this crime and protect vulnerable women and girls. The campaign will support our ongoing work to tackle FGM, which includes an ongoing programme of outreach
Multi-agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (updated Oct 2018)
This guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) is for all persons and bodies in England and Wales. You must read and follow this guidance if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.