Does FGM happen in Australia?
Yes. In Australia there have been several prosecutions involving girls who have either had FGM in Australia or been taken overseas for FGM. In addition, professionals are aware of girls being taken for FGM, and doctors have been asked to perform female genital mutilation. At this point there is no government data collected about female genital mutilation, however No FGM Australia estimate that three girls a day are at risk in Australia. It is wrong to assume that if girls do not present with acute genital injuries, that FGM is not happening in Australia. It is wrong to assume that because someone comes from an FGM affected community that they will subject their daughter to FGM, however these girls are still considered in the highest risk group.
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Condemn the practice, not the people:
It is difficult for Australians to shake their fear of appearing to be racist, in their attempt in order to make up for the policies of previous Australian governments
However the fear of calling out practices such as female genital mutilation for what they are has led to a new form of racism.
That is where little girls are being left unprotected by Australian laws because those around them are scared to offend their parents.
In Australia all little girls are entitled to the same protections, regardless of their colour or background.
All Australians need to be aware that some little girls are in danger of violence in the form of female genital mutilation.
Female genital mutilation is known to be prevalent in 29 countries in Africa, plus several Middle Eastern Countries and some in Asia and South East Asia including India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia.
FGM has been universally condemned by the World Health Organisation in a resolution which was passed in 2013, and there are ongoing global campaigns aimed at stopping FGM.
Because of immigration, FGM has now spread to countries such as UK, Europe, USA, NZ and Australia.
Female genital mutilation targets little girls, baby girls – fragile angels who are helpless, who cannot fight back. It’s a crime against a child, a crime against humanity. It’s abuse. It’s absolutely criminal and we have to stop it.
– Waris Dirie –
There are a range of sub-classifications of FGM which have been suggested. We believe that there are no types of FGM that are the “worst” types, as each form can result in severe problems physically, psychologically and sexually.
The types are: