Female genital mutilation: Scotland’s government to ask all schools to act

Following the launch of its campaign and petition to stop FGM in schools, the Guardian is reporting that Scotland’s government has said it will be writing to every headteacher in the nation asking them to train their staff and educate parents about the issue…

…Michael Russell said he would be writing to every Scottish headteacher calling on them to train teachers and parents about the warning signs and risks of FGM.

“A key part of eradicating the practice entirely is education – which is why I, alongside equalities minister Shona Robison, will be writing to headteachers across Scotland in order to reach out to teachers and parents on this very difficult issue.”

Asking the UK’s education ministers to write to schools about female genital mutilation is the core demand of a campaign led by 17-year-old Fahma Mohamed to help stamp out the barbaric practice. Government figures say 20,000 British girls are at risk of being cut every year.

She praised Holyrood for taking a bold step towards tackling FGM.

Mohamed said: “I want to congratulate Scotland for stepping up to the challenge and listening to us – it shows that it is amazing what you can achieve with dedication and passion.

“I’m overjoyed that girls in Scotland will be safer and above all it will protect the next generation by breaking the cycle of abuse.”

The move was at odds with the Department for Education in Westminster, which remained silent on the issue and did not answer questions from the Guardian…

Norman Baker, the Home Office minister and government lead on FGM, has said he would be writing to Gove to draw his attention to the Guardian’s campaign, while the Liberal Democrat president, Tim Farron, and his party colleagues Julian Huppert and Greg Mulholland tabled an early day motion in parliament calling on the government and education department to do everything in their power to stop the practice…

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) joined campaigners and activists calling on Gove to show leadership on FGM. Its general secretary, Russell Hobby, said that the NAHT had called on the government to update advice on FGM in schools and that Gove should take the lead on the issue…

More at: Female genital mutilation: Scotland’s government to ask all schools to act

You can sign the Guardian’s petition to end FGM at: Tell schools to teach risks of female genital mutilation before the summer

Watch the Guardian’s FGM campaign video at: Campaign to end FGM: help the Guardian raise school awareness – video

Should the rest of the UK follow Scotland’s example here? Your thoughts please in the comments and via Twitter…

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  1. louisejonesjbj

    jensaville2668 SchoolsImprove I remember first reading about it when I was about 12…I’m now 50 and it is still happening here in GB!

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