Teachers Can Help End Obnoxious Practice of FGM, Says Campaigner

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Byline: Sophie Goodchild

TEACHERS should be trained to spot the warning signs of female genital mutilation, says a leading women's rights campaigner.

Ngozi Eze, of charity Women for Women International, said that schools must help to identify victims of the "obnoxious" practice, which had to stop. Speaking on a visit to London, Ms Eze, who has set up programmes worldwide against cutting, said: "There are ways of training people so they can spot the distress caused by FGM.

"Teachers need to have this training so they can be alert to students where something is not right. These girls end up psychologically as well as physically damaged. They can be more susceptible to HIV and sexually transmitted infections and they end up having problems in their sexual relations with men. There should be tougher laws to prosecute anyone who indulges in such obnoxious and outdated practices."

The Standard reported yesterday that two people had been arrested by Met detectives over the genital mutilation of a baby girl. The alleged perpetrators and their victim, understood to have been five to six weeks old when the "cutting" was done, all live in Britain. Police hope the arrests could lead to a landmark first British prosecution. …


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