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Cleveland & Durham Police & Crime Commissioner talk Female Genital Mutilation

Two of the North East’s Police and Crime Commissioners have spoken about their support for raising awareness of International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation.

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, and Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, have pledged their support and have made a commitment in the long term to raise further awareness and understanding of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a United Nations Campaign held on 6 February each year to stop genital mutilation to women and girls.

FGM refers to a range of procedures which involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is sometimes referred to as female circumcision or cutting.

As a part of the day the Police and Crime Commissioner’s for Cleveland and Durham, alongside the Halo Project, a local charity supporting victims of honour based violence, forced marriage and FGM have launched a poster campaign encouraging victims of FGM to come forward and break the silence.

Yasmin Khan, Director of the Halo Project, said: “The Halo Project is working in partnership across Cleveland and Durham to supportvictims of FGM and raise awareness of the risks and signs of this abhorrent crime.”

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