THE chancellor of the University of Portsmouth has given her support to the first study in the UK to collect in-depth data on the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Sandi Toksvig is supporting the research which is being conducted by the university to identify if girls in Portsmouth and Southampton are vulnerable to FGM.
FGM involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
The research will explore the impact of the practice on the lives of women. The findings will be used to generate policy and intervention recommendations and to help develop the current training on FGM for key professionals including the police, council, midwifery service and NGOs.
Ms Toksvig said: ‘It was in Sudan that I began to understand the true nation of FGM.
‘It’s an inhumane practice which continues to blight the lives of millions so I’m proud that the university is working in partnership with Rosa, Southern Domestic Abuse Service and the African Women’s Forum to expose the practice and protect girls from being mutilated.’