Female genital mutilation: how can you help?
In a recent thread on female genital mutilation (FGM), many of you asked what you, personally, could do to help. Here are some suggestions.
FGM is illegal in the UK, but it is estimated that up to 20,000 girls are at risk of being subjected to it, and that more than 60,000 women have already been cut.
A YouGov poll in March 2013 for the NSPCC found that 83% of teachers said that they have not had child protection training about how to help girls at risk of mutilation, while 68% did not know that there is government guidance for how teachers should tackle the risk of mutilation.
Schools currently have the choice of including FGM somewhere in their curriculum, but are not required to do so by the government.
During her Mumsnet webchat on female genital mutilation (FGM), International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone spoke about the excellent work of Hornsey School for Girls, a school in her constituency whose students are attempting to raise awareness of .
The school organised a fundraising 'Stop FGM Day' last November, for which students planned a bake sale, created posters, gave presentations and sold tickets for a video screening. The school canteen even lent their support by serving African-themed food for the day.
The students created this video, which they'd like to share with other schools across the UK:
Let's get schools across the country working to end FGM in the UK and around the world.
What you can do...
- Get in touch with your child's school and push for a school-wide project, such as 'Stop FGM Day', to help raise awareness of FGM and fundraise for specialist charities in the field.
- Share this video with the school and provide links to Mumsnet FGM information, for them to host their own assembly and screening of the video.
- Tell your friends and families, and in turn urge them to contact their children's schools.