Hidden world of FGM revealed

Zawe Ashton in Kenya

The hidden world of female genital mutilation (FGM) is revealed in a hard-hitting one-off Comic Relief documentary Stop Cutting Our Girls: A Comic Relief Special.
Fresh Meat and St Trinian’s actor Zawe Ashton leads a compelling investigation across the UK and Kenya, uncovering what the centuries-old practice, means for the three million girls worldwide at risk of FGM every year, including the 65,000 girls who live in the UK.
Along her journey, which will be aired on BBC Three tonight at 10pm, Zawe discovers how Red Nose Day cash is helping FGM survivors and campaigners to break the cycle of FGM to end the practice in just one generation.
Zawe says: “Female genital mutilation is a complex subject. It was incredible to have an opportunity to visit Kenya and gain a deeper understanding of its origins and its ramifications on both individuals and entire communities.”
Zawe speaks to FGM survivors including Nimco Ali and Leyla Hussein about how the FGM code of silence comes from deep within the practicing community and meets UK Border Force officers who have the tricky job of intercepting parents whose children may be at risk.
Travelling 4,000 miles to Kenya, Zawe tracks down a ‘cutter’ – a woman who admits to illegally cutting British girls for money.
In Narok, where up to 95% of girls have undergone FGM in traditional Maasai tribes, Zawe meets Agnes Pareyio who runs the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative Rescue Centre, which is funded by Comic Relief.  The centre gives girls at risk of FGM a safe home, food, clothes and an education. The actor joins Agnes on a rescue mission in the middle of the night following a desperate call from a mother whose daughter is due to be cut and married off.
Zawe says, “I hope this documentary raises awareness of FGM and helps put an end to this practice for the welfare of the next generation of women.”