A woman has become the first person found guilty of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.
A 37-year-old woman was found guilty of FGM on her three-year-old daughter.
In response to the case, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Janet Fyle, said: “Today is a momentous day for the campaign to end FGM and this is the first of many prosecutions to come because FGM continues to take place in the UK.
“Today’s verdict is very significant. It also justifies the RCM and its partners’ relentless campaign to end FGM and to protect women and girls from this human rights abuse, despite the many challenges and push back from some groups.
“Also, any midwife or healthcare professional with FGM safeguarding concerns must remember mandatory reporting FGM is their duty. It’s imperative that we all remain vigilant, and ask members of the various communities to support professionals by also alerting them to FGM which is child abuse.”
RCM raised awareness of FGM through a series of videos that were launched last year and can be viewed here.
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