FGM a violation of human rights

Girlguiding Scotland is speaking out against female genital mutilation (FGM) ahead of the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM on Saturday [6 February 2016].

Through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS’) ‘Stop the Violence’ campaign, members of Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women can lobby for changes in legislation and attitudes to stop all forms of violence against women and girls.

An age-appropriate, non-formal education syllabus, ‘Voices Against Violence’, runs alongside this campaign, allowing girls to explore issues relating to violence against women and girls with their guiding group.

Sue Walker, Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Commissioner, said: “FGM is a fundamental violation of girls’ and women’s human rights which sadly still affects millions around the globe.

“We believe it’s important to empower girls and young women to raise their voices against this abhorrent practice – that’s why we’re backing the Stop the Violence campaign to call for an end to FGM and all other ways of hurting and controlling women and girls.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. For more information about World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ Stop the Violence campaign, visithttp://www.stoptheviolencecampaign.com/en/home.
  2. Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women, with 50,000 young members. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. Find out more at www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.