Kate Osamor MP gave a keynote speech at Project ACEI’s FGM Conference to mark the Day of International Zero Tolerance to FGM.
Project ACEI are a community engagement action group, which was founded by Alimatu Dimonekene, a FGM survivor who has campaigned tirelessly in the UK and overseas against the practice. In March 2015, together with the Council, Project ACEI launched the Stand Up To FGM campaign, to tackle this issue at a local level.
The Conference was aimed at extending the support available for women affected by FGM to groups that are currently underrepresented by services in Enfield; including communities from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Niger, Turkey and Iraq.
In her keynote speech, Kate spoke about the need for a cross discipline approach to tackling FGM in our community and the importance of increasing dialogue about the practice, so as to effectively prevent FGM and help those who have been affected.
In Enfield, studies have found that some 3000 girls are at risk of the practice, and 2000 more are living with the consequences of FGM.
Speaking on the subject, Kate says:
“I am proud to have been involved in this conference, and to support the work of Project ACEI, a fantastic organisation carrying out invaluable frontline work in our community.
Awareness days like this are key to tackling FGM. FGM is a hidden crime; it is intimate, it is shaming, it is often left unrecognised by victims and untrained healthcare professionals.
As Shadow Junior Minister for Women & Equalities, I will continue to fight against FGM both by supporting work in the community, and raising the issue on a national political level.”