Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. 137,000 women and girls are affected by FGM in the UK and over 60,000 girls under the age of 15 are under risk of having the procedure. Despite this there is yet to be a successful prosecution.
‘Speak Up Against FGM’ is a campaign to encourage more women and girls to speak up against female genital mutilation and to raise awareness of the illegal procedure in the UK. The campaign is situated in female public toilets, private places where victims of FGM are repeatedly reminded of the abuse due to the procedure often making it difficult or painful to urinate.
Each piece of toilet paper provides a different fact about FGM and details about how to seek help and advice. This can be done by texting ‘(!)’ to the number provided.