The government has announced a new package of action to tackle female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).
The pledge came at this week’s UNICEF co-hosted Girl Summit, which took place in London. Measures outlined by the Home Secretary during her keynote speech included:
• A £1.4m FGM prevention programme, launched in partnership with NHS England
• New police guidance from the College, alongside an HMIC inspection programme
• A consultation on the introduction of civil orders to protect girls at risk of female genital mutilation
• New legislation enabling the prosecution of parents, and granting victims lifelong anonymity
• New programmes to prevent child, early and forced marriage in 12 developing countries, and an international charter ‘calling for the eradication of these practices within a generation.’
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Speaking of the measures, Theresa May said: “FGM and forced marriage are incredibly harmful practices, and it is terrible to think about the number of women and girls in the UK who have been subjected to these crimes.
“I am proud of the action we are taking in the UK to stamp out these harmful practices and delighted to be joined by community leaders, frontline professionals and charity partners from across the world.”
The Girl Summit was attended by over 500 people from 50 countries, with delegates representing UN agencies, charities, faith and community groups, and FGM survivors.
According to figures released by City University London and Equality Now, approximately 60,000 girls aged 0-14 have been born in England and Wales to mothers who have undergone FGM.