British Somalis and FGM: ‘Everybody is a Suspect’

Somali families feel ‘stigmatised’ by female genital mutilation safeguarding practices. Shutterstock/udeyismail

Somalilandsun: International organisations often report statistical evidence that 98% of women and girls in Somalia/Somaliland have undergone FGM.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), whereby the female genitals are deliberately injured or changed for non-medical reasons, is considered by the UN to be a “global concern

Because of this international evidence, girls born to Somali parents living in the UK are considered to be at high risk of experiencing FGM. Yet research shows that attitudes towards FGM change dramatically following migration and therefore girls in the UK are unlikely to be put through this procedure.

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