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An overall view on End FGM
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We learned in week 2 about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure the peace and prosperity of all

In week 2 we looked at SDG 5: “Achieve Gender equality and empower all women and girls.” specifically as it states as target 3: “to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation”

The World Health Organisation (WHO)

  • WHO : According to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in 2020; ‘Together, we can eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030 as doing so will have a positive ripple effect on the health, education and economic advancement of girls and women as more than 4 million girls are at risk today’.

So as we can see, there is a global effort to end the practice of FGM! And as a healthcare professional, civil servant, activist and person interested enough to take this course, you are part of the End FGM movement!

This week will cover legislation and safeguarding surrounding FGM in the UK, and discussions around safeguarding and the impact on affected immigrant communities.

Further reading

WHO statement on FGM 2020

WHO (2008): World Health Organization, 2008. Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation: An Interagency Statement (Interagency published statement)

Eliminating Female genital mutilation: An interagency statement here. Pages 13-21 (Taking action for the complete elimination of female genital mutilation).

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Health, Law, and Socio-Cultural Sensitivity

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