The Prime Minister has announced that the Gillard Government will boost community awareness campaigns and review Australia’s legal framework in an effort to address Female Genital Mutilation in Australia. The announcement included immediately implementing:
• Providing $500,000 in grants to fund organisations to run education and awareness activities and support change within communities
• New research and data collection on FGM will be undertaken as a priority
• Minister Plibersek holding a national summit on this subject early next year, bringing together community, health, legal and policing experts to discuss how we can increase awareness and support and reduce incidence in Australia
• The Attorney-General will review the current legal framework in Australia, and provide advice on whether any changes are required to ensure full protection against FGM at home or abroad.