Protection against Female Genital Mutilation to be improved

A new Bill will introduce Protection Orders specifically designed to safeguard women and children who might find themselves under pressure to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill will also see statutory guidance issued for professionals and agencies working in this area. The aim of the guidance will be to make sure agencies work together well to prevent and eradicate FGM.

Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie said:
“Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a deeply abhorrent practice and a fundamental violation of the human rights of women and girls. It is a physical manifestation of deep-rooted gender inequality.
“FGM is already illegal. This Bill will provide for increased protection with the introduction of protection orders and putting guidance on a statutory footing to improve the response of services.”

 

 

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