FGM in the UK will only end if attitudes shift from within communities

Aisha K. Gill - 6 February 2019

A landmark FGM conviction last week heralds a welcome change. But ending this practice requires both criminal and civil remedies.

The mother of a three-year-old girl became the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM) last week.

The jury heard that the mother used witchcraft to try preventing police, social workers and lawyers from investigating the case. The mother, who remains anonymous for legal reasons, awaits sentencing on 8 March.

Until this, no successful FGM prosecutions had been made in the UK, although criminal justice agencies had been working to address this for several years... See more