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Eradicating FGM

February 11, 2019 10:10 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Back in 2013 the Liberal Democrat minister in the Department for International Development (DFID) Lynne Featherstone, together with campaigners like Nimco Ali and Efua Dorkeeno, kicked off the original government campaign on FGM. They succeeded in securing the biggest ever spending commitment in the world of £35 million to work towards eradicating FGM worldwide. Lynne is delighted to let you know that legacy has continued.

The current Secretary of State for the Department of International Development recently announced that an extra £50 million will go towards eradicating FGM worldwide. On this occasion, the Liberal Democrats are delighted to be overtaken.

In the last week, we also saw the first conviction of FGM in the UK, paving the way for further convictions.

It was clear then and it is clear now - female genital mutilation is child abuse, and now it is beyond all doubt that it is against the law in the UK.

We will continue to shine a light on this issue and make sure that future generations of girls do not suffer.