Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), or ‘cutting’ as it is sometimes known, refers to a range of procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to female genital organs where there is no medical need.
There are an estimated 24,000 people living in Scotland who were born in countries known to practice FGM, although the number directly affected is unknown. Attitudes towards FGM are strongly linked to culture and, where it is practiced, it is often justified as a necessary part of raising young women, closely tied to sexuality, morality and modesty. However, the practice is illegal in Scotland and considered to be a particularly extreme form of child abuse and violence against women.
If you, or someone you know, has been affected by FGM, we can help you to find and access support services locally. We can also support you to access health services to address any health concerns you may have.
Our My Voice project works with communities affected by FGM and is supporting the development of culturally sensitive support services across Scotland. You can find out more about the project from the link below.