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Preventing Female Genital Mutilation: A Call for Global Action


The potential legalisation of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia has brought a pressing issue to global attention. This alarming development has raised significant concerns within the London community and beyond, emphasising the urgent need for a worldwide ban on this practice.


At Freedom Charity, we have dedicated our efforts to educating communities and protecting vulnerable children from FGM. Our PSHE-accredited lesson plans and my book “Cut Flowers” are vital tools in raising awareness and preventing this form of child abuse. However, the threat posed by the possible reversal of the FGM ban in The Gambia requires immediate and concerted action.


Understanding FGM and Its Consequences

FGM involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. This practice has no health benefits and causes severe and lasting consequences for those subjected to it. The most extreme form involves removing the clitoris and stitching the genitals closed, leaving victims with lifelong physical and psychological trauma. This barbaric procedure is not only a violation of human rights but also a direct attack on the dignity and bodily autonomy of girls and women.


The Importance of Global Action

We cannot allow the potential reversal of The Gambia’s FGM ban to go unchallenged. It is imperative that the international community stands united against FGM and takes decisive action to ensure its eradication. Education is key, but so is the implementation of strict laws and sanctions against those who perpetuate this practice.


“We need to ensure as we approach the summer holidays we don’t see young girls being taken to countries where FGM is still legal. We must protect girls from the UK being taken abroad and mutilated,” says Aneeta Prem.


David Cameron recently commented on the potential legalisation of FGM in The Gambia, suggesting sanctions and travel bans for Gambian politicians who support the practice. “If this goes ahead, we should consider sanctions and travel bans. I don’t want Gambian politicians shopping in Harrods if they just voted to cut girls,” Cameron stated.


Our Commitment Freedom Charity

At Freedom Charity, we are committed to using our voices and resources to advocate for a global ban on FGM. Our mission is to protect every child from this horrific abuse and ensure that they can live free from fear and harm. We urge governments, organisations, and individuals worldwide to join us in this fight and to take a stand against FGM.


Together, we can create a future where no girl has to endure the pain and suffering of FGM. Let us work towards a world where every child is safe, healthy, and free to achieve their full potential.

For more information on our work and how you can help, please visit our Freedom Charity website.