New action on female genital mutilation
11 Jan 2013 05:09 PM
A panel of experts have come together at the Home Office to discuss ways to tackle female genital mutilation.
Crime Prevention Minister Jeremy Browne outlined government action against the 'horrific practice' at a meeting held jointly with the NSPCC.
They were joined by other ministers and frontline professionals to examine the issues involved and action needed.
Jeremy Browne said: 'Female genital mutilation is an abhorrent crime and we are very clear that those found to practice it should feel the full force of the law.
'The government is working with UK and international agencies and taking action to help prevent women and girls becoming victims. This meeting was a valuable opportunity to discuss the challenges of working with communities affected by female genital mutilation and identify what more we can do to tackle this horrific practice.'
The roundtable event comes after the Home Office announced a new £50,000 fund to support frontline agencies tackling female genital mutilation.
Jeremy Browne is also among ministers who have signed a pocket-sized statement against FGM to set out the law, support families and protect those most at risk.