Government funds WHFS FGM /C work
Communities Minister Stephen Williams announced on 5th December 2014 that WHFS was one of 13 frontline community organisations in the UK to gain funding from central government to help end FGM /C (female genital mutilation /cutting).
The money has been awarded to projects in areas of greatest need and is in line with published data from NHS hospitals showing there to be 3 times the number of reported cases of FGM /C in London, compared to the rest of the country.
Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:
‘’I first became aware of female genital mutilation when a teacher came to one of my MP surgeries and I was introduced to a group of girls who had decided to campaign against FGM. I was horrified at what I heard about this deeply embedded cultural practice. This practice has no medical benefits; indeed it results in great pain and distress as well as causing medical complications during child birth.
That’s why I am proud that this government is making good on its pledge at the International Girl Summit to invest in these valuable projects, which will change hearts and minds in local communities, train frontline workers and help bring an end to this terrible practice.’’
Sharon Hanooman from WHFS said:
”This funding is recognition of the impact of our work on FGM /C and our project earlier this year showed how important this work is, and that change can happen within Tower Hamlets when it is led from within the community. Women and girls at risk or affected by FGM /C must be supported and I applaud our trained WHFS FGM /C Community Champions and staff in driving this important project forward. This funding will enable us to continue work until April 2015 and we are seeking further funding to continue the programme.”
For more information about WHFS’s FGM / C work please click here.
Halima Awad - FGM /C Project Co-ordinator
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