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Community to join together in keeping girls safe from FGM

Hounslow Council and leading anti-FGM charity FORWARD will be joining forces once again this month at a special free event in the fight against FGM [Female Genital Mutilation].

The Keeping Our Girls Safe Family Day will be held on Saturday 16 July, at the Montague Public Hall, Montague Road, Hounslow, TW3 1LD, from 11am to 3pm.

A host of activities will be available for all ages, including face painting, free food, screening of a selection of films and more.

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the work being carried out to tackle FGM across the borough and the ways in which people can get involved in the fight to one day, erase it from society.

The event is to bring the community together and raise awareness of the illegal practice with the summer holidays being a peak time for FGM to take place.

To confirm a place/places at the event, RSVP to forwardevents@forwarduk.org.uk

Hounslow has been helping to lead the way in the fight against FGM and raising awareness, by holding and supporting a number of events in the last year, including marking International Day of Zero Tolerance in February.

The council which funds  FORWARD [Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development], also teamed up with the charity to host the Hounslow Against FGM Community event in June 2015.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “I hope as many residents and their families can join us at this event.

“It is a free, family day out but also the serious side of it, is that FGM can be happening in any local community.

“FGM is acknowledged in the UK as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.  But for too long it has been a taboo subject, hidden from society in general.

“By bringing the community together, we can make more people aware of this and hopefully get closer to putting a stop to it.”

The summer holidays are a peak period for FGM to take place among some FGM affected communities. Therefore, the weeks leading up to the holidays are an important time for safeguarding girls from FGM.

 

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