Extra Training to Assist Girls at Risk of FGM

According to a report on the BBC education online, Teachers, doctors and social workers will be given extra training to hello them identify and help girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM)

Some facts about FSM:

The partial or total removal of external female genitalia is illegal in the UK but the practice occurs in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Practised in 29 countries in Africa and some countries in Asia and the Middle East

An estimated three million girls and women worldwide are at risk each year

About 125 million victims estimated to be living with the consequences

It is commonly carried out on young girls, often between infancy and the age of 15

Often motivated by beliefs about what is considered proper sexual behaviour, to prepare a girl or woman for adulthood and marriage and to ensure “pure femininity”

Dangers include severe bleeding, problems urinating, infections, infertility and increased risk of newborn deaths in childbirth.

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28396889

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