Faith and community leaders unite to condemn FGM

June 19, 2014 4:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Today, Norman Baker and Lynne Featherstone hosted faith and community leaders at the Home Office to discuss the unacceptable practice of female genital mutilation.

Attendees included representatives from organisations including the International Relief Foundation, FORWARD and the Muslim Women's Network UK.

All representatives share the Liberal Democrats' commitment to prevent and end this extremely harmful form of violence. By signing a joint declaration against the practice of FGM, they hope to send a clear message to communities across the UK that the practice is a form of violence and is not supported by any religious doctrine.

The final declaration will be signed by UK representatives of the world's major religions during the government's Girl Summit in July.

Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker said:

"Female genital mutilation is a terrible practice that is not condoned by any religion.

"Political or cultural sensitivities must not get in the way of uncovering and stopping this abuse.

"The law in this country is clear but we need to win hearts and minds if we are to end FGM.

"Today's summit is a landmark moment. By bringing together religious and community leaders to forge a commitment to condemn this shocking practice, we are working to support communities to abandon the practice themselves and to eliminate FGM within a generation."

Regarded as a criminal offence in the UK, FGM is a human rights violation and can have a life long impact on survivors' physical and psychological health.

Join our campaign to end female genital mutilation within a generation.