FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) or female genital cutting has damaging mental and physical effects on women and girls around the world. Research has shown that 140 million women and girls worldwide have been affected and of these, 66,000 were in the UK. It is estimated that up to 98,000 girls in the UK are at risk of being cut.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is happening across the UK but despite being illegal for nearly 30 years, there have been no convictions.
By Hazel Barrett, Coventry University
Coventry University is set to lead a Europe-wide project which aims to put an end to the illegal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), after it was awarded funding to continue research into the issue.