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Female Genital Mutilation

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20 April (WA 98), what financial and other resources have been used in educating communities to abandon the practice of genital mutilation since the coming into force of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003; and [HL3460]

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20 April (WA 98), whether they have evaluated the impact of their policy of educating communities to abandon the practice of genital mutilation. [HL3461]

In 2004, the Home Office gave a total of £10,000 to the Agency for Culture and Change Management (ACCM) and £20,000 to Black Women's Health And Family Support specifically to take forward a programme of awareness-raising activities about the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 in practising communities. These activities included workshops, the training of community advocates and the production of leaflets and material in other media and in various languages. A report was published in December 2004 on the effectiveness of these activities.

The Department of Health has funded £20,214 for an FGM prevalence study, £30,761 for the development of FGM DVD for health professionals, and funding to the specialist organisation Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development (FORWARD), including core funding of £42,000 in 2005-06, £35,000 in 2006-07 and £30,000 in 2007-08. It previously provided project funding over three years between 2002-03 and 2004-05 for FORWARD’s positive partnership with communities, which aimed to identify challenges to change, work with men and establish peer educators. The Department for Education and Skills provides the ACCM with ongoing funding under the children, young people and families grant scheme.