Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) can cause severe bleeding, infection, infertility and even death. FGM can have devastating physical, psychological and social consequences.
FGM became illegal in Ireland in 2012 when the Criminal Justice Act (Female Genital Mutilation) was passed.However, the law alone is not enough to stop this practice. In fact, there is a danger that the law will drive it further underground – meaning survivors fail to receive urgent medical or psycho-social care.
ActionAid lobbies for a preventative approach with interventions aimed at challenging social norms. To do this, we are calling for a National Action Plan on FGM which supports the training of all professionals and service providers working with FGM-affected communities, including, for example, midwives and social workers.
ActionAid is a member of the National Steering Committee on FGM – a coalition of NGOs and partners committed to ending the practice in Ireland.