Join the Africa Advocacy Foundation at Brixton library on 6 February for advice and more on FGM.
On 6 February, it is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Up to 200 million girls and women around the world have undergone some form of FGM.
FGM can also be referred to as female circumcision, sunna or ‘cutting’ and can cause serious health and emotional consequences that last a lifetime.
It is illegal in the UK and if found guilty those involved could face up to 14 years in prison.
The Africa Advocacy Foundation are a local, community-led initiative, who will be at Brixton library to:
- provide information around FGM
- provide advocacy
- offer advice
- offer practical support
- offer training on female genital mutilation
You can contact the Africa Advocacy Foundation directly on 020 8698 4473 or by visiting Africa Advocacy Foundation website
At risk of FGM?
- If you are concerned about yourself, someone else or if you are a parent who feels pressured: If the risk is immediate, call 999
- Call the free 24 hour NSPCC FGM helpline anonymously on 0800 028 3550 for advice, support or to report a concern
- Call the local Gaia Centre on 0207 733 8724 for help, this is a Lambeth service that supports girls and women that experience gender-based violence such as FGM
- Carry an ‘FGM passport’ with you, especially when you go abroad. This is a statement opposing FGM available in several languages. You can show it to your family, it makes it clear that FGM is a serious criminal offence in the UK.