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End the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation Motion, 4/02/15 [S]

Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 4 February 2015 by Alex Neil (SNP) on Working in Partnership to End the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation. The full text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament notes that 6 February 2015 is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); condemns female genital mutilation as an unacceptable and illegal practice, a form of child abuse, violence against women and a violation of the human rights of women and girls; supports the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling and eradicating this intolerable behaviour from Scottish society through working together with partners across the public and third sectors; welcomes the launch by the Women’s Support Project of the FGM training and public education resources on 6 February 2015; further welcomes the publication of the Scottish Refugee Council’s report on FGM in Scotland, Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in Scotland: A Scottish Model of Intervention, in December 2014; acknowledges the positive developments made through partnership across Police Scotland, NHS Scotland, education, social services, voluntary and third sector organisations with the establishment of the Female Genital Mutilation Short-Life Working Group; commends the valuable contribution that voluntary and third sector organisations, such as Dignity Alert Research Forum, the Women’s Support Project and Scottish Refugee Council, make to the shaping of Scotland’s approach to FGM; notes the Scottish Government’s commitment to fund a programme of work to tackle FGM in Scotland and protect those women and girls at risk of harm from this human rights abuse, and supports Lord McConnell’s proposed Girl Summit to be held in Glasgow on 9 March 2015 to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 4 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 4 February 2015