Last month, the UK, alongside UNICEF, hosted the first Girl Summit aimed at mobilising domestic and International efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation.
Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, spoke at the Summit on Tuesday and announced a package of measures to help end FGM. It is estimated that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM and that around 20,000 young girls are at risk of being cut every year.
MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, said, “Every human being has the right to live free from violence and discrimination and given the opportunity to achieve their potential in life. The number of girls in Britain that are at risk from this barbaric practice, is beyond anything I could ever imagine.
Schools in my constituency, like Carshalton High School for Girls, are educating students about these practices and getting speakers like Aneeta Prem – founder of the charity and author of the book ‘But it’s Not Fair’ – to come and talk about their first-hand experience of other issues that affect young women such as forced marriage.
The scariest thing is this is not a problem we face in a certain part of the country, these atrocities are being carried out all over the UK, behind closed doors. Each and every one of us need to be more aware of the hardships many girls face from certain ethnic communities and what we can do to prevent this – Nick Clegg’s speech at the summit also highlighted this."
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