The purpose of this study published in July 2012 was to establish a more detailed picture of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Islington. The study adapted the method used by the Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (FORWARD; 2007) which used UK census data and national and regional FGM prevalence data to estimate the number of women and girls in the UK who were likely to have undergone FGM. This study combined FGM prevalence data with language and ethnicity data for Islington to produce a similar estimate. There were several key findings:
There were 1,812 girls aged 0 – 18 in Islington who are at risk of (or who may have already undergone) FGM, and this is undoubtedly an underestimate.
This number represents 10.2% of the 0-18 female population in Islington.
There are 1289 girls in the highest risk category for FGM; they are from backgrounds where FGM is effectively universal in their country of origin.
This number represents 7.3% of the 0-18 female population.
A significant proportion of girls in the two highest risk categories are aged 0-7 (47% in category 1 and 63% in category 2)