Police Scotland has identified almost 3,000 school pupils in Scotland from countries where FGM is prevalent. They are talking to education directors to look at how to raise teacher's awareness of the issue. In Glasgow they plan to target more than 1,600 children who may be at risk.
BBC News

  • 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.
  • About 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM.
  • Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating. It can later lead to cysts, infections and infertility, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • The practice is most common in the western, eastern, and north-eastern regions of Africa, in some countries in Asia and the Middle East
  • According to the World Health Organisation, more than 18% of all FGM is performed by health care providers, a trend which is increasing

World Health Organization Factsheet
was established in 1983 in the UK, in response to the emerging problems caused by female genital mutilation being seen by health professionals.
NSPCC The NSPCC has launched a helpline to protect UK children from female genital mutilation after discovering that more than 70 women and girls seek treatment every month. The youngest was just seven-years-old.

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