On December 10th 2014, International Human Rights Day, No FGM Australia was recognised by the Human Rights Commission for its work protecting the human rights of little girls in Australia who are at risk of female genital mutilation, and also for the rights of survivors of FGM who have been through physical, psychological and emotional trauma and require specialist support.
The Directors of No FGM Australia, Khadija Gbla (SA), Sybil Williams (NSW) and Paula Ferrari (Vic) attended the ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art to be presented with their award by the President of the Human Rights Commission, Prof Gillian Triggs.
Female genital mutilation violates many human rights including the right to:
-Physical and mental integrity
-Freedom from violence
-The highest attainable standard of health
-Freedom from discrimination on the basis of sex
-Freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments
-Life (when the procedure results in death).
FGM is child abuse, and a huge injustice and form of gender discrimination against women as it is aimed at reducing and controlling sexuality. Therefore No FGM Australia are committed to protect Australian girls from being subjected to the practice and to support those who have already been through it.
Although little is known about the actual practice in Australia, No FGM Australia commissioned a report which found that 3 girls a day could be at risk of FGM. There are several prosecutions in the courts at present. At No FGM Australia we are increasingly being contacted by concerned community members Australia wide reporting girls at risk of FGM.
Currently No FGM Australia are lobbying the Australian government to do more to protect girls from FGM in Australia. This includes request for a cross-ministerial approach to addressing FGM including police, child protection, health, education and the law. The only way girls can be protected is if all frontline staff are aware of FGM and can recognise when a girl is at risk. The police and child protection then need to be aware of how to best respond to protect any girl who is at risk. Girls themselves need to be empowered through education so they can recognise signs their families may be intending to take them for FGM.
Please sign our petition
IF YOU KNOW OF A GIRL WHO MAY BE AT RISK, IF YOU HAVE HEARD OF ANY PLANS TO HAVE A GIRL “CUT”, “CIRCUMCISED”. “SUNAT”, “KHATNA”, OR PLANS FOR A GIRL TO BE TAKEN OVERSEAS FOR A “HOLIDAY” TO “BECOME A WOMAN”, PLEASE CONTACT THE LOCAL CHILD PROTECTION IN YOUR STATE, OR CALL THE POLICE ON 000.
If there is concern that a girl is going to be taken out of the country for FGM, please contact the Australian Federal police
OR EMAIL US ON firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
No FGM Australia would like to also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Dr Jenny Harasty and Childthink for their support.