Thursday, October 12, 2017

Abolish FGM by 2030

Female Genital Mutilation is a vile practice which ought to be stamped out.

There is a long way to go, and it is infuriating that Britain has yet to mount a successful prosecution for this vile practice, but the number of women and girls who are victims of this disgusting crime is falling around the world.

Anti-FGM campaigner Nimco Ali said this week that she believes that eradicating it completely is now possible in our lifetime.

Ms Ali spole out on Tuesday to mark the UN’s International Day of the Girl. The event shines a spotlight on the Global Goals, which include a commitment to end FGM by 2030.

World leaders signed up to the goals in 2015 and on Tuesday the #FreedomForGirls campaign aimed to remind everyone of the promises that were made then, to ensure the goals are met. To mark the occasion, a new Global Goals film featuring BeyoncĂ©’s song Freedom was released on the Google homepage.

Also on Tuesday the All-Party Parliamentary Group on FGM was relaunched, co-chaired by Labour’s Jess Phillips and Tory MP Zac Goldsmith.

It includes parliamentarians as diverse as Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nicky Morgan, Caroline Lucas and Tulip Siddiq.

“There is no dispute that this is an issue that needs to be dealt with once and for all. It’s an appalling issue to think about,” said co-chairman Zac Goldsmith.

Quite.

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