We must all help put a stop to FGM

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

YOUR read­ers may be aware of the gov­ern­ment campaign against the bar­baric prac­tice of fe­male gen­i­tal mu­ti­la­tion (FGM).

A re­cent re­port sug­gests that as many as 137,000 women and girls in the UK have un­der­gone FGM, and ex­perts reckon there are still many thou­sands of young girls at risk.

Even though FGM has been il­le­gal in the UK since 1985, we have had to wait un­til this year for the first pros­e­cu­tion. This demon­strates that sim­ply pass­ing laws is not enough to stamp out this prac­tice.

There has to be a de­ter­mined ef­fort to en­force the law and to ed­u­cate the public. For­tu­nately, the Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced that doc­tors, teach­ers and so­cial

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