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MP pledges support for Girl Summit 2014 to end FGM

July 22, 2014 5:42 PM

Greg Mulholland MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds North West, has today pledged his support for the Girl Summit 2014, the first international event aimed at mobilising efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within a generation.

The summit, which is being held in the UK, will rally a global movement to break the taboo surrounding FGM and help end FGM, as well as child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) for all girls. Doing this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life.

Greg, who earlier this year tabled a motion in Parliament supporting the campaign to end FGM, today pledged his support for the Girl Summit and their efforts to end FGM and CEFM.

Female Genital Mutilation currently affects over 100 million girls worldwide, including 137,000 girls here in the UK.

Greg has also called on the Home Secretary, Theresa May, for a confidential reporting process for potential victims of Female Genital Mutilation, and to guarantee prosecutions for anyone who carries out, has already carried out, or facilitates FGM if there is clear evidence that the crime is being planned or has taken place.

Commenting, Greg said:

"FGM is an appalling barbaric and wholly inexcusable practice - we must take a stand, break the taboo and do everything we can to stop it.

"Today I have pledged my support to the Girl Summit and their efforts to end FGM and child and forced marriages within a generation and I urge everyone to join me in taking a stand and helping give girls around the world the rights they deserve.

"I will continue to support the campaign to end FGM, ensure victims can confidentially report the process and guarantee prosecutions for anyone who carries out the crime."