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The City of London Police supports International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Officers from the City of London Police are taking to the streets of the Square Mile to raise awareness of the ongoing need to protect girls and women from this harmful and illegal practice.

In support of the 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, the dedicated police force for the Square Mile will host an FGM awareness week of action and is urging everyone to be aware of what FGM is, and what they can do to help.

Officers from the force’s Public Protection unit (PPU), as well as Victim Support will be at these locations to provide awareness around FGM and provide support, advice and information.

What is FGM?

FGM relates to all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This practice is an abuse of human rights and causes serious health complications, including fatal bleeding. About 120 to 140 million women have been subject to FGM and 3 million girls are at risk each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The practice is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and age 15. FGM causes severe bleeding and health issues including cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth and an increased risk of newborn deaths.

Police forces across the UK, including the City of London Police, is committed to ending FGM, while making sure that survivors are aware of and have access to the right support.

Detective Constable Sajida Zaman, from the City of London Police’s Public Protection Unit (PPU), said:

“Throughout the week, we will be popping up at various places in the City to spread the word about FGM and share information on what we do to protect young girls and care for women who have already undergone FGM.

“While this may be a problem we rarely have reported to us in the City, FGM week is an opportunity for everybody to share their knowledge take positive action to end this horrific practice.”

What’s happening?

The City of London Police’s FGM awareness week to mark the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM starts on Monday 6 February, for one week.

Monday 6 February
9am-11am - Millennium Bridge House, 2 Lambeth Hill
12pm-2pm - The Guild cafe, The Guildhall

Tuesday 7 February
9am-11am – St Bartholomew’s Hospital
11am-3pm - Barbican Library

Wednesday 8 February
9am-11am - Bow Church, Cheapside
12pm-2pm - New Change/Bread St entrance

Thursday 9 February
9am-11am – St Bartholomew’s Hospital
12pm-2pm - Broadgate

Friday 10 February
12pm-2pm – St Andrew’s Church

To learn more about FGM, or what more you can do to help prevent FGM in your area, please visit our website:

https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/advice-and-support/protecting-you-and-your-family/Pages/female-genital-mutilation.aspx

Follow our FGM prevention week of action on Twitter using the hashtag #endFGM

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