The British government is to invest £50m in an attempt to end female genital mutilation by 2030, claiming it is the single biggest investment to tackle the issue by an international donor. The money will go to grassroots programmes working to stop the practice across Africa, where it is most prevalent.
Inspirational, courageous African women are leading efforts to end the practice in their own countries, and thanks to them, more communities are starting to abandon the practice.”
But progress is at a critical juncture and we must work to protect the millions of girls that are still at risk of being cut. We also can’t end FGM in the UK without ending it globally.”
200 million girls and women have subjected to FGM, the cutting of female genitals. If no further actions are taken, an estimated of 69 million more girls will be cut over the next 12 years.The UN general assembly has agreed to work to end FGM by 2030 under the sustainable development goals. The Department for International Development said almost a third of the money (£15m) will be allocated to Sudan, where an estimated 87% of women and girls aged 15 to 49 have undergone FGM.
Such additional funding is incredibly welcome but this time around we have to make sure that it actually reaches those women on the frontlines who are working so hard and so successfully to help end FGM. We should not tell them how to do this, but rather get behind them and support their leadership. They know what they are doing and should be trusted.” — Brendan Wynne, from Donor Direct Action.
This investment couldn’t come at a more important time, as we reach a tipping point in many countries, as more and more communities choose to stop cutting their daughters,” — Julia Lalla-Maharajh founder of the Orchid Project