Canning Town charity pushes for tougher anti-female mutilation laws

An event will be held in Canning Town on Saturday to raise awareness of the risks posed by female genital mutilation.

The Centre for Development and Community Welfare will host a day of action at The Hub, in Star Lane, between 2pm and 6pm.

The organisation believes the illegal practice is on the rise among some communities in Newham, and wants to recruit women to help eradicate it.

Spokesman Columbus Ndeloa said: “Over the years, we have been working with the police, black minority ethnic organisations and other stakeholders to highlight this crime.

“We also want to advocate for tougher laws and implementation of the 2003 Female Genital Mutilation Act passed by the UK parliament.”

Entry is free and refreshments will be provided. Email for more information or to register.