The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has announced its support of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Day.
The campaign aims to urge support services to be improved for survivors of FGM and eventually end FGM.
In the UK, RCM and partners are urging the UK Government to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate a National FGM Action Plan to end FGM in the UK by 2030.
They are also campaigning for accessible specialist health and psychological care and support services across communities for survivors and potential victims for all age groups.
Chief Executive and General Secretary at the RCM, Gill Walton, said: “Many girls and women here in the UK continue to be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation and while we have made some progress in tackling FGM, there is much more that we need to do. Many survivors still cannot access healthcare services for the much needed physical and psychological support they require and deserve.
“On this Zero Tolerance Day for Female Genital Mutilation, the Royal College of Midwives would like to thank all our partners for the collaborative work towards ending FGM. We have achieved a lot and if we continue to work closely we will achieve much more together.”
As part of the RCM’s own campaign, a series of short animations were produced in partnership with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), survivors of FGM, NGOs and various local community partners.
Midwives, maternity support workers and students can be part of raising awareness of International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM by using the hashtag #EndFGM.
RCM FGM short animations
The words don’t come
It’s our time now
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