Refuge welcomes Home Affairs Committee report to Parliament on FGM

Today the Home Affairs Committee published a report calling for a national action plan to end female genital mutilation (FGM). It is estimated that 65,000 girls aged 13 and under are at risk of FGM in the UK.


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

“Refuge welcomes the Home Affairs Committee report, which rightly identifies female genital mutilation (FGM) as a national scandal. FGM is a violation of human rights. It must be stamped out. Full stop.

Women often experience multiple, interlinked forms of abuse.  Refuge supports women who have survived all forms of violence and abuse, including FGM, through our national network of specialist services.  We help women and children to rebuild their lives – whatever their needs.

Refuge also runs The Gaia Centre in Lambeth – an innovative service which is designed to support victims of all forms of gender-based violence. Our team at Gaia are specially trained to support women who have experienced FGM. They also run courses which allow survivors of FGM to talk to their peers in the community about their experiences – a vital form of awareness raising.

I hope the recommendations of the Home Affairs Committee will be given serious consideration. In particular, I echo the recommendation that Personal, Social and Health Education is made compulsory in schools. This subject provides a vital platform for children and young people to learn about all forms of violence and abuse. Education is a vital part of the solution to violence against women and girls.”