Female genital mutilation: Roundtable discussion in Parliament

04 July 2016

The Home Affairs Committee hosts a high-level roundtable discussion on the developments since the Committee reported on female genital mutilation (FGM) in the last Parliament. The discussion helps to inform the Committee's future work on FGM.

Forum on female genital mutilation

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 4.00-6.00pm

Location: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Chair's comments

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Committee said:

"The media, politicians and, most importantly, survivors and campaigners have successfully raised the profile of FGM, but it remains the case that there have been no successful prosecutions for FGM in the UK in the last 20 years. There is a chasm between the number of reported cases and the number of prosecutions. This can only have negative consequences for those who are brave enough to come forward about this crime.

The Home Affairs Committee in the last Parliament was deeply concerned that not enough is being done by the Royal Colleges of the medical professions to encourage their members to report cases of FGM, and given the recent prosecution there may be an even greater reluctance to do so. We still need far more clarity out the sanctions that may apply when a medical professional fails to meet their duty in this regard, which should range from compulsory training to a criminal offence for intentional or repeated failures.

We hope this round table will provide us some insight on the way forward and maintain the impetus for badly needed progress on this issue. It is the first time the Committee has looked at this issue since the publication of its last report."

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