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Home Secretary hosts forum to end FGM

Government responds to Select Committee’s recommendations on FGM

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has brought together government ministers, frontline professionals, charities, campaigners and survivors to co-ordinate efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) at home and abroad.
'Ending FGM: a forum to make a difference' saw discussions on how the government and other agencies can better engage with communities to encourage them to turn their back on this violent, abusive practice.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

"We are still yet to see a perpetrator brought to justice and I am determined to see the first successful prosecution for FGM. And most importantly, we need to protect women and girls by preventing acts of FGM before they happen.

"The clear commitment shown by the people gathered here today makes me confident that we can wipe out FGM within a generation."

The forum also shared success stories and ideas for best practice, as well as the vital work being done by government agencies and international organisations to end FGM overseas.

Government ministers including the Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering-Extremism Sarah Newton, Public Health Minister Nicola Blackwood, Minister of State at the Department for International Development Lord Bates and the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC, were joined by survivors and FGM campaigners, as well as Julia Lalla-Maharaji OBE, chief executive of the Orchid project, which aims to tackle FGM overseas.

The Forum coincided with publication of the Home Office's response to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee's report into FGM.

In its response the Home Office noted that it had: 

Data on FGMPOs, released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on 29 September, shows that between 17 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, there have been 77 applications and 68 orders granted (the remainder being under consideration on that date).

The Home Affairs Committee had recommended, among other measures, that the Home Office should take steps to investigate additional legislative measures which might be successful in securing more prosecutions and in supporting victims who wish to contribute to legal proceedings (despite the obvious difficulties and conflicts this presents for young women).  The Government confirmed that it has no current plans to legislate further in this area. Nevertheless, it will keep the matter under review, and will continue to consider methods/good practice in others countries which aid both the prevention and prosecution of FGM.

For the response document, click here. For the Home Affairs Committee's report, click here. For more details of the FGM forum, click here.