We need to bring prosecutions to help in fight against Female Genital Mutilation says Margot Parker MEP

Delivered by Margot Parker, on 11 August 2017

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MARGOT Parker MEP has called for prosecutions in the fight against female genital mutilation.

Her call comes as Barnardos announced it will lead a new £2.1m FGM prevention scheme in England to stamp out the practice and support victims.

Mrs Parker, UKIP MEP for the East Midlands and the party's Women's and Equalities spokesperson said: "I welcome the news of the new prevention scheme but we must start to prosecute those responsible for this barbaric practice.

"The physical and mental trauma this disgusting practice causes is heart-breaking for the victims.

"FGM has been illegal in the UK for more than 30 years - including cases where girls are sent 'home' to be mutilated in the name of culture.

 "Despite robust legislation existing to stop this abuse from occurring, there has not been a single conviction in all that time.

 "There is no religious requirement for girls to undergo FGM, so even that flimsiest of excuses is absent. This is entirely about keeping women in their place, asserting power over them and destroying their sexual identities. The practice is abhorrent and is something we should, as a society, make clear is not acceptable under any circumstances and politically correct cultural sensitivities be damned."

 The prevention programme is aimed at building a specialist service to help protect girls at risk.

 The original poster campaign for the programme came under for using a white girl in the publicity.


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