Nursing students raise funds for the UK's first FGM publicity campaign
Nursing students at the University of West London back a billboard campaign on female genital mutilation
A pressure group has unveiled the UK’s first billboard campaign against female genital mutilation.
Vavengers, founded by Hoda Ali, who has undergone FGM, aims to help people affected by the procedures and to offer them advice.
The group raised £11,000 from an art auction and comedy night to fund the campaign, and nursing students at the University of West London also helped bring in money.
The first billboard is at a road junction in Greenford, west London. Ms Ali, who is a trustee of anti-FGM charity 28 Too Many, estimates 60,000 girls are at risk of FGM in the UK.
She said: ‘Like other survivors, I live with the consequences of FGM every day. Vavengers are helping to end FGM so that the next generation of girls can live free from this harmful practice.’
Ms Ali points out that there have been laws against FGM in the UK since 1985, but that until now there have been no successful prosecutions.
The RCN published guidance in February for nurses and midwives on identifying and acting on cases of FGM.
The government recently made it mandatory for front line health professionals to report FGM cases they encounter.