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Bawso is an All Wales voluntary organisation, providing specialist services to victims and BME people affected or at risk of by Domestic Abuse and all forms of violence;

including Female Genital Mutilation,

Forced Marriage,

Honour Based Violence and

Human Trafficking.


Bawso marks  UN International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation with

awareness event  at Cardiff City Airport (6th February 2018)

 Today, Bawso markedthe UN International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with an awareness event at Cardiff Airport.  Bawso staff  engaged with travellers to create awareness of GFM, a harmful practice which continues to violate girls’ and women’s rights. 

There are approximately 2,000 women in Wales living with the effects of FGM and it is believed many are sent abroad to undergo the traumatic surgery. FGM has been a specific criminal offence in England and Wales since 1985, when the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 was passed.

Jenny Rathbone,  AM for Cardiff Central stated  “ I welcome this awareness day as it is really important everyone knows that FGM is illegal and an assault on women and girls.  It needs to be stamped out across the world”.

According to the UN at least 200 million women and girls across the world have undergone FGM and it is linked to other forms of gender inequality, such as violence against women and girls and other harmful practices such as forced marriages. In 2016-2017,  Bawso, a Wales-wide organisation specialising in services for people experiencing domestic violence and abuse,  engaged with 1786  people from FGM affected communities  in Wales. 

Chief Executive of Bawso, Mutale Merrill OBE said “We welcomed the opportunity to create awareness of FGM with travellers today at Cardiff Airport and to let people know that there is help available. 

 “FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and it’s an invasive procedure without any medical necessity. There are no health benefits and it is an act of cruelty which causes significant long and short term harm.

“We are reaching out to all communities to work together to bring this cruel practice to an end and to address gender inequality to ensure women and girls are free from the violation of their rights to health and security.”

Kim-Ann Williamson of the CPS said: “Female genital mutilation is an abhorrent and damaging practice and we are determined to hold those responsible to account.

“Prosecutors work closely with police offering them early advice, but when a case is referred to the CPS for a charging decision a prosecution can only be brought where there is sufficient evidence.

"Factors such as the age and vulnerability of FGM victims, who frequently do not want to report offences that could lead to them giving evidence against their family, make it extremely difficult to secure the evidence required.

“There are, however, a number of ways in which we can support those who go through the court process.

“We will continue to work with other agencies in addressing the issue of FGM.”

For more information or if you need support contact the Bawso 24Hr Helpline 0800 731 8147



European Roadmap Project Team

Bawso is delighted to have been a participating member of the European Roadmap Project Team to create and implement an EU Forced and Early Marriage (EU FEM) Roadmap for Referral Pathways for frontline professionals to respond and refer victims and potential victims throughout European Member States.

The EU FEM Roadmap project team is led by the University of Vechta, Germany project leaders - Yvette Volschow and Isabelle Brantl and other partners including :

• Orient Express, Austria (Meltem Weiland, Najwa Duzdar, Serin Sempere Culler)

• Psytel, France (Marc Nectoux, Natacha Henry, Mathilde Sengoelge)

• AFP (Planned Parenthood) Portugal (Duarte Vilar, Rita Barros)

• BAWSO, United Kingdom (Mwenya Chimba, Olabimpe Oladunjoye)

United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA (Nigina Abasz0adeh, Nurgul Kinderbaeva)

The Head of Bawso’s Forced Marriage Services - Dr Oladunjoye has worked to raise awareness about the EUFEM Roadmap with Frontline Professionals in the UK.

This includes improving knowledge of harmonised standards for referral pathways by frontline professionals who work in victim support , child protection, law enforcement, education, childcare and justice. These professionals are often confronted with victims or potential victims of early or forced marriage across the EU and seek an integrated, multi-professional guidance for responding and preventing this problem.

(Photograph - In the UK on the 21st of March 2017, Dr Oladunjoye, Head of Bawso’s Forced Marriage Services spoke about the creation of the EUFEM Roadmap at the Westminster Briefing Conference:


The EU Fem Roadmap for Referral Pathways on Early/Forced Marriage for frontline professionals has Improved victim assistance for victims and potential victims of early or forced marriage or forced sexual relationships and their families/peers in the 5 project partner countries due to implemenation of the Referral Roadmap

  • Cardiff

    Clarence House
    Clarence Road, Butetown
    CF10 5FB

    Tel: 02920 644633
    Fax: 02920 644588
    Email: cardiff@bawso.org.uk

  • Newport

    Information Station
    Old Station Building
    Queensway, Newport
    NP20 4AX

    Tel: 01633 213213
    Fax: 01633 213219
    Email: newport@bawso.org.uk

  • Swansea

    Second Floor 37-38 The Kingsway
    SA1 5LF

    Tel: 01792642003
    Fax: 01792 645207
    Email: swansea@bawso.org.uk

  • Wrexham

    33 Grosvenor Road
    LL11 1BT

    Tel: 01978 355818
    Fax: 01978 355707
    Email: wrexham@bawso.org.uk

  • General


    Email: info@bawso.org.uk

  • Caerphilly

    Safer Caerphilly
    The Multi Agency Centre, Cameron House
    Commercial St, Ystrad Mynach
    CF83 4GY

    Tel: 07854361829
    Email: caerphilly@bawso.org.uk

  • Merthyr

    Teulu MAC
    47 - 48 Pontmorlais West
    Merthyr Tydfil
    CF47 8UN

    Tel: 01685375394
    Email: merthyr@bawso.org.uk

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