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Sue Mountstevens signs petition in support of schools teaching risks of FGM


PCC Sue Mountstevens speaking with young poeple at an FGM event

Asking schools to teach the risks of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the subject of a petition, signed by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, being handed to the Secretary of State for Education today.

Bristol student Fahma Mohamed who is fronting the campaign, will be asking Michael Gove to raise awareness of FGM amongst teachers and parents in schools before the summer holidays, when most girls are at risk.

In addition to PCC Sue Mountstevens, the campaign has received a flurry of support since it began in early February receiving over 228,000 supporters to date.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “We need everyone to understand that FGM is child abuse and take a stand against it.  I feel extremely proud of Fahma and the work being done by the young people of Integrate Bristol to raise awareness and put a stop to FGM.

“Tackling violence against women and children is one of my priorities in Avon and Somerset and FGM has been a focus in terms of promoting education, raising awareness and helping to protect those in communities most at risk.”  

FGM is the practice of removal or partial removal of a female’s genitalia for supposed cultural, religious or non-medical reasons and is illegal in the UK.  Those who are subjected to FGM face the risk of infertility, pain during urination, menstruation, childbirth and sexual intercourse. 

Over 100 young people who make up Integrate Bristol, launched the appeal through change.org and The Guardian to prevent the 24,000 girls in the UK currently at risk of FGM prior to the summer holidays or ‘cutting season’.

Sue continued:  “I would encourage you to lend your support in putting a stop to this barbaric crime and I am looking forward to hearing the outcome of Fahma’s meeting.  As soon as everyone understands that it is child abuse, and nothing less, we will then be able to bring an end to FGM.”

Fahma Mohamed will present the ‘Tell schools to teach risks of female genital mutilation before the summer’ campaign to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education on Tuesday February 25, 2014.

If you would like to add your support and sign the petition to bring an end to FGM please visit http://www.theguardian.com/end-fgm 

Posted on Tuesday 25th February 2014
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