FGM Bill passes Stage 3

Date: 9th April 2020
Category: Basic Health and Welfare

The Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill passed at Stage 3 on the 19th March 2020.

The purpose of the Bill is to strengthen the existing law on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It statutorily protects women and girls at risk of FGM, by introducing protection orders. Protection orders seek to keep people at risk of FGM safe from another person. These orders can be used for the general purposes of reducing the likelihood of FGM offences occurring and safeguarding individuals who are already a victim of FGM. In addition, the Bill also makes provision for statutory guidance in relation to such orders.

Together welcomes the news and hopes the legislation will continue to strengthen preventative and protective measures to address FGM, ensuring children have bodily integrity, autonomy and self-determination.

Read more about efforts to tackle FGM,(including data collection) in Together’s State of Children’s Rights report 2019 (page 65)