Refuge statement on International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Today, 6th February, is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge, says:

“Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a violation of human rights. It must be stamped out. Full stop.

The Gaia Centre, run by RefugeRefuge supports women who have survived FGM at our Gaia Centre in Lambeth – an innovative service funded by the council which supports victims of all forms of gender-based violence. Our team at Gaia are specially trained to support women who have experienced this horrific crime, and we work closely with other partners in the borough to ensure that everyone is working towards the same goal: eradicating this form of violence.

Raising awareness is vital: legislation alone will not end this barbaric practice. Our Gaia Centre runs courses which allow survivors of FGM to talk to their peers in the community about their experiences.

Lambeth Council have shown a strong commitment to addressing FGM in their own community. I would urge other councils across the country to do the same and invest in specialist services that support victims of all forms of violence and abuse.”

Find out more about the Gaia Centre.

Take action on FGM

There are two petitions you can sign this Zero Tolerance Day to stand up against FGM:

Stop FGM in the UK now

Tell schools to teach risks of female genital mutilation before the summer