The Cruel Cut

The Cruel Cut is a non profit organisation established to support activities to eradicate FGM in the UK and to raise awareness about FGM and its consequences.

Our source of inspiration was Leyla Hussein‘s BAFTA nominated documentary The Cruel Cut.  Leyla is a leading campaigner in the anti-FGM movement.  She works closely with Manor Gardens Centre, a long standing charity and leader in Women’s Health Advocacy, with whom she directs the Dahlia Project, a survivors’ counselling service.

Our main fundraising event held on October 2nd 2014 raised over £36,000 for Manor Gardens Centre.  Monies are being spent on training community advocates and hosting outreach activities to educate adults, teachers and young people about the dangerous and illegal practice of FGM, and to provide counselling services to survivors. See Project Update for more details.

FGM is a human rights abuse

FGM is a human rights abuse and a form of violence that affects over 140 million girls and women throughout the world. FGM is defined as “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for nonmedical reasons” (WHO). FGM is a life-threatening practice with serious medical and psychological consequences, and has been outlawed in the UK since 1985.

Facts on FGM in the UK

  • Around 170,000 women and girls have undergone FGM
  • Some 65,000 girls aged 13 and under are at risk of mutilation
  • More than 70 women and girls seek medical treatment every month for FGM
  • Some 7,000 women affected by FGM give birth in London every year
  • Over the last two years, more than 1,700 women and girls have been referred to specialist clinics that deal with FGM

FGM continues to happen unchallenged in the UK. In contrast to France and other European countries, there has not been a single successful prosecution.

While the UK government has committed itself to fighting FGM, it has not allocated any significant funding to identify and protect those at risk of FGM or to support survivors of the practice.

To help stop FGM in the UK, write to your MP today.

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