Conference to tackle FGM takes place in Nottingham

Around 80 people attended a conference organised to tackle rising rates of Female Genital Mutilation in the city.

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Around 80 attend FGM conference in Nottingham

Around 70 to 80 people attended today's FGM conference in Nottingham, including representatives from the police, health professionals, educational experts, and women's organisations.

Host Valentine Nyoko says survivors of the practice are heroes, and should come forward when they feel brave enough.

Aged 11, Valentine says she was forced to go through FGM on her home country of Kenya.

Last year she moved to Nottingham and founded Mojatu - an organisation set up to empower FGM survivors and protect people at risk.

Around 80 people attended the event Credit: ITV News Central

Valentine says her aim is raise awareness about the issue and reduce the stigma surrounding FGM so that those at risk can come forward for help.

See our special investigation on FGM - We found British girls were regularly being taken abroad to be subjected to female genital mutilation.

FGM conference underway to tackle rising rates

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, Paddy Tipping, is among the speakers at today's FGM conference in Nottingham.

Paddy Tipping at the conference Credit: ITV News Central

It's been organised to tackle the rising rates of FGM. Local hospitals say that up to 200 new cases of FGM have been reported each year since 2010.

Kinsi Clarke is one of those organising the conference.

Kinsi is helping to organise the event Credit: ITV News Central

She is a project manager at the Nottingham Refugee Forum, and a campaigner against the practice of FGM.

For more information, visit the Mojatu Foundation website

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Nottingham to hold conference calling for an end to FGM

A conference is being held in Nottingham later to try and tackle rising rates of Female Genital Mutilation in the city.

Local hospitals say that up to 200 new cases of FGM have been reported each year since 2010 - but one survivor says that number is masking the real number because people are scared to come forward.

Up to 200 new cases of FGM are reported in Nottingham every year. Credit: Gerard Fritz/Eye Ubiquitous

The focus of the event is about coming up with an action plan to get more people reporting FGM, and to ensure that support organisations have the right services in place for survivors and those at risk.

Valentine Nyoko, who is a survivor of FGM moved to Nottingham to study last year.

Valetine, who has organised today's conference, says there wasn't enough community engagement around FGM, so she set up the Mojatu Foundation to empower survivors and protect people at risk.

Her Foundation is being supported by police, local authorities and women's organisations.

Because FGM is illegal, survivors are scared to report it because they feel they'll get people in trouble.

It's a cycle that needs to be broken and that can only be done in the heart of the community.

– Valentine Nyoko, the Mojatu Foundation

For more information, visit the Mojatu Foundation website

See our special investigation on FGM - We found British girls were regularly being taken abroad to be subjected to female genital mutilation.

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