MSPs to examine anti-FGM plans

Friday 14th June 2019

A committee of MSPs is to examine Scottish Government proposals to better protect women and girls from female genital mutilation.

Ruth Maguire, convener of the Equalities & Human Rights Committee, says the practice “violates the fundamental human rights and basic dignity of women and girls.”

The committee will hear directly from people affected by FGM, as well as civil servants who will be administering the changes.

A general call for views on the issue has also been launched.

Under the plans, new FGM protection orders that force individuals to protect someone from FGM or keep a victim safe would be created.

It’s estimated fewer than 10 applications for an order would made each year in Scotland.

Meanwhile, new guidance for the public sector would be drawn up to ensure the response to victims of FGM or those at risk is ‘more consistent and holistic’.

The Committee is unequivocal in its support for protecting women and girls at risk of FGM. Both to prevent it from happening, and in our desire to help those who have been subjected to it,” Ms Maguire added.

“We will be looking closely at how protection orders and other proposals will ensure these aims are met. To help us in this work, we want to hear a range of views and evidence.”

Interested parties have until the 30th August to respond to the proposals.