Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
FGM is a reproductive health issue for many Women and here in the UK, it has been estimated that up to 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female circumcision.
FGM is defined by the World Health Organisation as procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non medical reasons.
It is a deeply rooted tradition practiced by specific groups in Africa,Asia and the Middle East and is increasingly identified in the UK amongst migrants from practising countries.
FGM has no health benefits and causes severe short and long term damage to physical and psychological health.
A helpline, specialising in responses to female genital mutilation (FGM) has been set up by the NSPCC, supported by the Metropolitan Police, and in association with a number of voluntary and professional groups, including FGM charities.
The Female Genital Mutilation Helpline was launched in June 2013 as a UK-wide service. It will operate 24/7, and will be staffed by specially trained child protection helpline counsellors who can offer advice, information, and assistance to members of the public and to professionals. Counsellors will also be able to make referrals, as appropriate, to statutory agencies and other services.
The helpline can be contacted on: 0800 028 3550
Locally SHINE a Community Development Project based in Newcastle City Centre offers confidential services for all women over 18 years of age.
Telephone: 0191 277 2048
The Angelou Centre based in Fenham, Newcastle has a dedicated team of staff and volunteers working to promote social inclusion and economic independence of BME women. They provide individual support for women, education, childcare assistance, employability guidance, citizenship guidance and a helpful environment where women can support each other.
They have a multilingual team that includes women from many cultures and backgrounds
Telephone: 0191 2260394