Cover Your Tracks

September 29, 2015

By: Sami Ullah

Is the UK doing enough?

 

In a recent article by the International Federation of Gynecology and ObstetricsMary Wandia of Equality Now has claimed the UK isn’t doing enough to support survivors of FGM.

 

I think she’s wrong.

 

There are myriad of organisations across the UK, such as Integrate Bristol and Afruca. These two charities at opposite ends of the country both have a common cause and aim.

 

There are dedicated FGM clinics for survivors, with professionals ready to provide psychological help and support, which women and communities affected by FGM may need.

 

Every day, more and more people: young; old; teachers: doctors and more are being educated about FGM.

 

This is so they understand what it is, what kind of burden it carries, and what they can do to help.

 

There is a dedicated FGM helpline, set-up by the NSPCC. Plan UK have their own section about ending FGM within a generation, our airports are cracking down, and significant people from the UK have gone around the world, spreading the message about the atrocities of FGM.

 

The numbers may be high, but it’s unfair to say not enough is being done. We’re learning about new cases, which means people are feeling empowered and safe enough to come forward, share their story, seek help and contribute to ending FGM within a generation.

So while more can be done, a lot is already happening; and we must not forget it.

 


 

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