FGM is illegal and classed as child abuse in the UK. It is often performed on young girls between the ages of four and eight, to ensure it is before puberty. The aim of FGM is to inhibit a woman’s sexual feelings
FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation which has no medical reason behind it but is more often due to cultural or non-therapeutic beliefs. Other terms it falls under are ‘female circumcision’ or ‘cutting’.
There are four different types of FGM that are explained in the course and they are often performed by people who are not medically trained (but may have conducted FGM many times before).
As well as the basic principles against it, the act of FGM usually does not include antiseptics and anaesthetics and this can result in large amounts of pain and sometimes infection.
But the arguably biggest problem with FGM is that due to the age of the girls receiving the procedure, they may not actually consent to it and are forced into it and this can develop mental health problems at a later date.
FGM Awareness & Prevention: Course Contents
1 FGM Awareness
Performing Female Genital Mutilation means physically injuring, changing, or removing part or all of the female genitals but for no medical reason. The section looks at why communities practice FGM, if it is a religious practise, whether it is legal and the effects of FGM including whether it has any medical benefits
2. FGM Prevention
Duration: 20 Minutes
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