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Zero Tolerance to FGM debate
Today was the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. A day with which to raise awareness of this barbaric practice.
This appalling violation of the human rights of millions of women and young girls is being applied to our most vulnerable.
There were 5,391 newly reported cases in the UK for the period of 2016 - 2017. The NHS recorded that the most common age range for this vile practice were children aged 5 - 9 years old.
However, we know that FGM is carried out on those as young as new born girls.
These are just the reported figures, the scale of this is far greater.
200 million girls and women globally have undergone FGM.
This form of torture, is damaging both physically and psychologically and can result in death.
We cannot accept such a crime in the name of tolerance, political correctness or cultural sensibilities. This crime cannot go unpunished in the name of humanity.