This is the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). We fully support all efforts to engage and raise awareness as we collaborate to help eliminate this violent practice.
The FGM Enhanced Dataset was opened in 2015 and collects information from NHS Trusts and GP practices regarding when they come in contact with victims of FGM. From April 2015 and March 2020, this data set recorded 24,420 individual cases.
International reports indicate that during lockdowns women and girls in source countries, such as in East and West Africa, are experiencing higher levels of cutting, potentially hidden by the impact of COVID related restrictions. This may be exacerbated by a reduction in the opportunity to be in contact with health services.