Scotland’s National Action Plan to Tackle Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 2016-2020

Published July 18, 2017   |    Updated July 18, 2017 9:14 pm

DEVELOPED BY SAFER SCOTLAND, SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

Summary of Document

Scotland’s National Action Plan to Tackle Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 2016-2020 represents a comprehensive and ambitious plan for addressing this complex and often hidden abuse. It builds on work that has been happening across Scotland, bringing together best practice alongside Scotland’s national plan, and will help ensure that the necessary steps are taken to put Scotland’s commitment to protecting girls and women from harm into practice.

Reasons for this Document

The Scottish Government considers Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to be an unacceptable and illegal practice, a form of abuse and a violation of the human rights of women and girls. It is a specific form of violence against women, as embedded in Equally Safe – Scotland’s Strategy to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women – under the guise of culture and religion. The wellbeing of women and girls is a key priority for the Scottish Government and preventing and eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) rightly must be part of that key priority