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iHV supports International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

6th February 2017

The annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is held on 6 February.  FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, and is one of the most severe forms of child abuse.

There are currently 60,000 girls aged 0 to 14 years living in the UK who are potentially at risk of FGM.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, executive director iHV, said:

“International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is an important reminder that this practice still goes on, that it is a global issue and that by working together we can protect children and help stop FGM.  Raising the profile of FGM and encouraging girls and women to seek support is very important.  The iHV has produced Good Practice Points to advise health visitors on their role when working with families where FGM may be an issue, and we have links to other resources useful for health visitors.”

These Good Practice Points are available to iHV members only.

Links to further resources can be found in our Resource Library