Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner has proudly signed a pledge to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation in our generation and protect those at risk.
In a renewal of his “zero-tolerance” commitment against violence of women, the PCC has joined more than 60 FGM survivors, local organisations, community representatives and faith leaders to officially declare his support for the movement to end FGM and take proactive action to raise awareness of the issue.
The movement has been brought by Nottingham-based campaign charity Mojatu Foundation which is working as part of the Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County FGM Steering Group – a multiagency taskforce addressing FGM – to identify the risks and take action to safeguard potential victims.
The declaration, which originally launched on the International Day of Zero Tolerance Against FGM, has seen Nottingham and Nottinghamshire become the first place in the UK to officially declare zero-tolerance on FGM.
“I’m proud to sign this pledge and believe there is great power in public figures, organisations and charities coming together as one to reject this barbaric violence,” said Mr Tipping.
“The courageous work which Valentine Nkoyo does, as chief executive of the Mojatu Foundation, is driving the agenda on FGM nationally and ensuring vulnerable women and girls at risk of this terrible violence are supported and protected.
“It is reassuring so many people are willing to stand up and spread the word and I personally will continue to do everything I can to support the Foundation’s efforts until FGM is fully eradicated from society.”
The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations-sponsored awareness day which takes place on February 6 every year as part of the UK’s efforts to eradicate FGM and was first introduced in 2003.
As part of this year’s awareness day, the Mojati Foundation planted trees in a symbol of hope which was followed by a conference on FGM attended by campaign supporters.
The PCC has prioritised the protection of vulnerable women from violence within his Police and Crime Plan and is committed to increasing education on FGM so that those in a position of authority recognise the risks and take action to safeguard potential victims.
In recognition of this he has provided the Mojatu Foundation with funding to strengthen its work supporting survivors and protecting children at risk of FGM.
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Posted on Tuesday 12th March 2019