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FGM is also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting. FGM is defined by the World Health Organisation as the range of procedures which involve the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia or another injury to female genital organism whether forms cultural or any other non-therapeutic reason. It is a deeply rooted tradition which is practiced globally including countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. For more information regarding the prevalence rates of FGM worldwide please click here

FORWARD UK estimates that’s as many as 6,500 girls are at risk of FGM within the UK every year. FGM is not supported by any religious doctrine.

Young People Speak Out is a project within FORWARD Youth Programme. It trains young people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to become campaigners and peer-educators on violence against women and girls, including FGM. The programme provides a safe space for young women and men aged 16-24 years, to develop their ideas, gain skills and explore ways to support themselves and those at risk. The programme uses youth-friendly and culturally sensitive methods including participatory training, workshops, film screenings and creative and interactive events to raise awareness.

For more information about this programme please contact the Youth Programme team on 020 8960 4000 or email:

For the latest NHS FGM campaign see below:

This film explores the severe long-term health impacts FGM has on women and girls, and considers why it still happens and what communities can do to end the practice for good.