The government has appointed a consortium of leading anti-FGM campaigners to deliver a global campaign to end FGM/C.
Those involved include:
Equality Now and FORWARD
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The consortium will support the growing movement within Africa to end the harmful practice.
International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said:
We will not see an end to FGM in the UK unless the practice is eliminated worldwide. This will take a grassroots movement across Africa that can change attitudes and help communities see FGM for what it is: child abuse.
This campaign will unite activists across Africa with UK diaspora communities and charities, raising awareness of the pain and suffering FGM causes and showing that we can end the practice.
The consortium will work across Africa to bring about a transformation in attitudes towards FGM by:
working with diaspora communities within the UK to help them use their skills and resources to support efforts to end FGM in their countries of origin
bringing together key leaders and organisations across Africa as part of a global movement to end FGM
promoting increased political will and funding in affected countries to tackle FGM
supporting a network of grassroots activists across Africa to speak out for change and supporting communities who are already working to end the practice
strengthening and supporting national coalitions against FGM within 10 focal countries, providing them with expertise needed to bring about change
The team will be based in Nairobi and London and is led by Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, former Advocacy Director of Equality Now’s FGM programme, and former technical expert for the WHO. The programme will work closely with the United.