Forced Marriages and Female genital Mutilation (FGM) are just some of the ways children are being abused and exploited. For some in their culture this is a right of passage and they might not see anything wrong with it. As a community it is our duty to educate around these issues to allow our children the opportunity to make informed educated decisions.
Speaking out against these illegal rituals can be scary and has the potential to ostracise the victim and their family from their community, however, speaking out is the only way that these illegal acts can be stopped. Support can come in all forms but to start gaining that support we need you to reach out and make a SHARP Report whether it is concerns for yourself or someone you know.
End FGM European Network
The End FGM European Network (End FGM EU) is an umbrella network of 32 European organisations based in 15 European countries operating to sustain European action to ending female genital mutilation by connecting grassroot communities with non-government organisations. The Network strives to build bridges and cooperation’s with all relevant actors in the field of FGM both in Europe and globally. Platforming community voices to influence European governments and policy makers to work towards the elimination of FGM. Other sources of information around FGM can be found through the below link to their website: https://www.endfgm.eu
Rights of Women - Forced Marriage
Rights for Women are a women’s charity working in a number of ways to help women through the law.
Their vital services aim to provide women with the legal advice and information they need to understand and use the law and their legal rights. They also work to improve the law for women and increase women’s access to justice. For information around forced marriage as well as a host of other bit of useful information, resources and links.