Bristol West MP and Communities Minister Stephen Williams has announced that the frontline community project Integrate Bristol, would receive £20,000 to help end female genital mutilation (FGM), as part of a network of community organisations across the country.

FGM involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or any other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Although the practice is illegal in this country, it still continues and those who carry out the practice in this country are known as 'cutters'. FGM is commonly carried out on young girls before they reach puberty and is often and carried out using knives, scissors, scalpels and razor blades.

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