Scottish Government consultation: Female Genital Mutilation Bill

The Scottish Government are consulting on measures to strengthen the existing legislative framework to protect women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). They are seeking views on several additional provisions, and on the prevalence of other, overlapping forms of violence against women. The deadline is 4 January 2019.

Responses to this consultation will help to inform the development of stronger protections for individuals at risk of FGM. The Bill will seek to introduce protection orders for women and girls at risk, and place guidance for professionals on a statutory footing.

The consultation seeks views on additional provisions, including:

  • Anonymity for victims of FGM
  • Creation of an offence of failure to protect from FGM
  • Creation of a duty to notify Police of FGM.

It also seeks views on prevalence of vaginal elongation and breast ironing, and what further steps may be required to tackle these forms of gender-based violence.

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