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RCOG statement: RCOG joins movement to call for the end of the medicalisation of FGM

News 6 February 2015

Today is the UN International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) welcomes and supports the mobilisation of healthcare professionals to end the medicalisation of FGM in countries where it occurs.

Led by the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (IAC), key medical and professional bodies have agreed on the following principles in the global commitment to end FGM in a generation:

  • All health personnel to fully adhere to the Hippocratic Oath and their obligation to protect the health and well-being of their patients, which includes not performing FGM.
  • Regulatory bodies in all countries to ensure that health professionals do not promote the medicalisation of FGM.
  • Health personnel to not only protect girls at risk of FGM, but also provide physical, psychological and emotional care and support to survivors.
  • All health professional bodies to ensure that FGM care and prevention are part of their training and education programmes.

The press release can be found here.