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Synod’s stand against female genital mutilation

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07 February 2014

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From Mr John Clark

Sir, - Anne-Marie Wilson (Back Page Interview, 31 January) wants the General Synod to pass policies to end female genital mutilation (FGM).

The Synod did so in November 2002, condemning all forms of FGM. It also recognised the urgent need for continuing action to eradicate the practice world-wide. It supported the then new Act that sought to strengthen the law, and sought to play its part in challenging the ritual practices and customs that serve to legitimise FGM.

It was followed up by the staff of the Mission and Public Affairs Division. Full details can be found at www.churchofengland.org/our-views/marriage,-family-and-sexuality-issues/children/female-genital-mutilation.aspx.

JOHN CLARK
Archbishops' Council Director for Mission and Public Affairs 2003-07
32 Weigall Road, London SE12 8HE

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