West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner hosting Partnership Event on Female Genital Mutilation (22 Jul 2015)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, will be hosting a Partnership Event on Wednesday 5th August, around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Statutory and voluntary organisations will be attending the event, which aims to prevent FGM taking place and to ensure victims are at the heart of everything that is done.

The event is also aimed at members of the public who want to know more about the work being done about FGM.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has previously supported city-wide conferences in Leeds and Bradford to highlight the issue of FGM but this will be the first time partners from across West Yorkshire will have come together to tackle it.

He said:

"FGM is a crime and one that is thought to be under reported nationwide. Raising awareness of the issue is an important aspect in helping to prevent it and to understand the true scale and nature of it.

"I am committed to raising awareness as much as possible and by brining partners from across West Yorkshire together under one roof we will be able to share knowledge and information - only by working together can we make a real difference and aim to educate as many people as possible about it.

"The crime does not respect local, regional, national or even international borders and boundaries with most victims thought to be taken overseas."

Members of the public are invited to attend the event but places are limited. If you are interested in attending please email [email protected] or call 01924 294022

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said:

"The practice of FGM is illegal and totally unacceptable, it is further exacerbated by victims often being young and vulnerable. We and our partners need to work together understand the scale of the problem, eradicate the crime and educate affected communities not just about the illegality, but also the health risks it poses."

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