Resources and information to help tackle FGM in Scotland
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 classified into four major types. (World Health Organisation factsheet)
Female Genital Mutilation is known by different names including ‘cutting’, ‘female circumcision’, and ‘initiation’. It is also sometimes referred to as ‘sunna’, although FGM predates Christianity and Islam and is not approved by any religion.
The motivations for FGM vary between different ethnic groups, as does the age at which it is carried out, from just after birth, to just before marriage or before the birth of the first child.
FGM is a human rights violation and is against the law in Scotland. (Prohibition of FGM (Scotland) Act 2005)
FEATURE: SARA’S STORY, a short animated film which has been developed in consultation with women survivors of FGM, and experienced practitioners.