A step forward in preventing FGM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Today, Nick Clegg attended the Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and international efforts to end FGM.
At the summit, which saw 500 delegates from 50 countries, the government announced a range of measures aimed at bringing an end to female genital mutilation in Britain and abroad.
New laws were announced that would see parents prosecuted if they failed to prevent their daughter undergoing FGM. Programmes were also introduced in order to prevent FGM in 12 developing countries.
The summit was held after new studies showed that the number of girls and women in Britain who have been subjected to FGM is twice as many as previously thought.