Young People - Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Amharic - Megrez

Arabic - Khifad




Harrari - Absum

Igbo -  Ibi


Kriolu -  Fanadu di Mindjer

Limba -  Bondo

Mandingo -  Sunna


Mandinka -  Kuyango

Musolula -  Karoola


Mendee -  Bondo


Somali - Gudiniin



Soussou -  Sunna

Swahili - Kutairi

                Kutairi was ichana

Temenee - Bondo

Tigregna - Mekhnishab


Up to 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk from FGM in the UK
  • FGM is the harming of a girl or women's private parts.
  • Between 100 and 140 million girls worldwide have experienced FGM. It is practiced in lots of countries including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA.
  • FGM is a crime in the United Kingdom and is never okay.

Girls from the UK may be taken abroad for FGM to happen.The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 makes it a crime for a girl to be taken out of the country for FGM to be done. FGM is also performed on girls within the UK.

Impact and Help

  • FGM can impact on a girl or women's physical health. The risks of FGM could be; heavy blood loss, severe pain, infections such as HIV and difficulties with pregnancy and child birth.
  • FGM can also impact on a girl or women's mental health. This could include anxiety, depression, low confidence and low self-esteem.
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For more information on FGM watch the video below:

For help contact Childline on 0800 1111 (24 hour free helpline for young people up to 18 years of age)