Female Genital Mutilation

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2011
Reference: 
2011/4106
Question By: 
Richard Barnbrook
Organisation: 
British National Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The London Evening Standard carried a report from the black and ethnic minority women's organisation Imkaan that 3,500 young girls in London are at risk of suffering the 'indignity and pain of FGM. They further stated 'this practice can detrimentally affect women for their entire lives.

Bearing in mind this report comes during the very week we have events scheduled for 'end violence against women day', would you agree that this practice is contrary to the strong Mayoral ethic of women's rights and equality and should you launch a Mayoral initiative against its detrimental effects?

Answer

Answer for Female Genital Mutilation

Answer for Female Genital Mutilation

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Female Genital Mutilation is illegal and we are currently working to address this problem through my Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy "The Way Forward".

The report you mention was commissioned by the GLA and looked at all harmful practices, including female genital mutilation in London. It was officially launched at a seminar in London's Living Room on the 9 November 2011 and we were fortunate to hear from a wide range of speakers determined to put an end to harmful practices in the UK. As a result, a number of recommendations have been put forward to strengthen our approach.