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Britain's global bid to end FGM

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London (AFP): Britain announced a $53 million global aid programme on Thursday in a bid to end the practice of female genital mutilation. It is...

worldLondon (AFP): Britain announced a $53 million global aid programme on Thursday in a bid to end the practice of female genital mutilation. It is said to be the largest ever international commitment to the issue, Britain's International Development Ministry said the programme would reduce genital cutting by 30 per cent in 10 African countries over five years as well as support work further afield. "It is time to break the taboo on genital mutilation," said junior development minister Lynne Featherstone, announcing the aid at the United Nations Commission on the status of women in New York. For too long the international community has been cowardly on this subject, finding it too difficult to tackle, he added. As a result of FGM, girls around the world have suffered a lifetime of damage, sometimes even death.
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