Zero Tolerance for FGM (Feb 17)

Zero Tolerance for FGM (Feb 17)

February 6th is the International Day for Zero Tolerance to FGM.  Hackney Women’s Haven, along with Hackney Council and the City of London Corporation are helping to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within local communities and frontline staff as part of a drive to stop the illegal practice within a generation.

FGM – the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – has been illegal in the UK since 1986 and more than 3,000 women in Hackney and the City of London are said to be living with the consequences of the practice.  In the long term, FGM can cause chronic infection, damage to the reproductive system and complications in sex, pregnancy and childbirth.

To help promote zero tolerance to FGM, the following events have been organised:

– Hawa Trust and Hackney Women’s Haven, 11 February, 12 – 4.00pm, Hackney CVS, Adiaha Antigha Centre, 24 to 30 Dalston Lane, London E8 2LY. A day of activities that will raise awareness regarding FGM  (contact Hawa, email: hawadsesay@yahoo.co.uk, telephone: 07852 360 272) .

 – Rise Community Action, 18 February, 2 – 4.30pm, Halkevi Community Centre, 31-33 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DF. The event will feature an FGM Awareness workshop, a talk on community engagement towards achieving zero tolerance to FGM and personal testimony by FGM survivor. contact Rita or Janet on risecommunityaction@yahoo.co.uk or tel: 07528 793 863 / 07984 798 212

To find out more about FGM, click here.