Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse, a human rights violation and an extreme form of violence and discrimination against women and girls. It is illegal in the UK.

New estimates from City University London and Equality Now suggest that 137,000 women and girls were affected by FGM in England and Wales in 2011. Although a substantial proportion of these people were living in London – where 21 women per 1,000 were affected by FGM – other urban areas such as Manchester, Slough, Bristol, Leicester and Birmingham also had high prevalence rates. However, there are likely to be survivors living in every local authority in England and Wales.

So every local authority should take action.

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