Female genital mutilation
A range of measures to combat FGM were announced to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance on 6 February 2014.
We also launched the new £100,000 FGM community engagement initiative. Charities can bid for up to £10,000 to raise awareness of FGM in their communities.
In November 2012 the government launched a 1 year pilot of the statement opposing female genital mutilation (FGM). The statement opposing FGM, which is currently used in Holland and known as the ‘Health Passport’, is pocket-sized and states the law and the potential criminal penalties that can be used against those allowing FGM to happen.
In Holland, it is primarily used by families who have migrated to Holland and do not want their children to be subjected to FGM, but still feel compelled by cultural and social norms when visiting family abroad. It is also used by young girls, typically aged 13 years or over, who can carry the document with them when they are abroad with their family. We developed a version of this document to support families and girls in the UK who may be at risk.
Any organisation can email FGMEnquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk to request copies of this document from us. As part of the pilot, we will be evaluating how partners use the document and evaluation will inform the pilot and develop future policy.